Communication & Medicine, Vol 11, No 2 (2014)

Key components of effective collaborative goal setting in the chronic care encounter

Sarah Bigi
Issued Date: 17 Aug 2015


Collaborative goal setting in patient–provider communication with chronic patients is the phase in which – after collecting the data regarding the patient’s health – it is necessary to make a decision regarding the best therapy and behaviors the patient should adopt until the next encounter. Although it is considered a pivotal phase of shared decision making, there remain a few open questions regarding its components and its efficacy: What are the factors that improve or impede agreement on treatment goals and strategies?; What are the ‘success conditions’ of collaborative goal setting?; How can physicians effectively help patients make their preferences explicit and then co-construct with them informed preferences to help them reach their therapeutic goals? Using the theoretical framework of dialogue types, an approach developed in the field of Argumentation Theory, it will be possible to formulate hypotheses on the ‘success conditions’ and effects on patient commitment of collaborative goal setting.

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DOI: 10.1558/cam.v11i2.21600


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