Tools and resources

Use the following tools to assist your realistic medicine practice 

Teach back
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Teach back is an effective technique to check how well the health professional has explained the information in a way that the patient understands.

Example: NHS Lothian Teach back postcard

What matters to you?
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‘What matters to you?’ day aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care. Printable resources to support “What matters to you?” day can be found on the website

NHS inform
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NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service. It provides the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

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CollaboRATE is an easy to administer patient-reported measure of shared decision making. CollaboRATE contains three brief questions that patients, their parents, or their representatives complete following a clinical encounter.

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The ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) Programme provides information on third sector health and wellbeing community services for people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers. Information on local services is searchable by postcode.