Setting Mutually Agreed Goals

4 modules

Course Length
1 hour

Astute Doctor





Involving patients in goal setting and medical decision making improves patient engagement which is an important step in setting achievable treatment goals. Help your patients succeed using strategies to set mutual goals, negotiate with patients to find common ground, and overcome barriers to achieving treatment goals.


Help your patients on the path to treatment success with this interactive 1-hour online CME course for strategically minded physicians who want to make the most of every patient encounter.


Applying evidence-based techniques, this engaging and interactive online CME course offers strategies to engage your patients in decision making and improve their adherence to agreed treatment goals. In this course, you will explore how to...

  • Encourage patient engagement in decision making
  • Agree with patients on mutual goals
  • Overcome barriers to goal achievement
  • Negotiate to find common ground
  • Increase treatment success rates
  • Improve patient adherence


We know that busy physicians expect learning opportunities to be efficient and effective. 'Setting Mutually Agreed Goals' is organized into four bite-sized chapters delivered in a flexible learning format.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and overview
  • Chapter 2: Presenting treatment options
  • Chapter 3: Exploring patient preferences
  • Chapter 4: Negotiating a plan that suits the patient and the doctor


How it works


  1. GET STARTED with the pre-course self evaluation. This reflection activity will help you identify your strengths, and highlight patient scenarios you find challenging. Use this information to track for specific solutions as you work your way through the course.
  2. NEXT, complete the course chapters. Each chapter includes interactive elements as well as questions, to make sure you understand all the important points. 
  3. PASS the posttest that covers the techniques you learned in the course. You will need to achieve a 70% pass mark for the course to be complete.
  4. COMPLETE and submit the post-course evaluation form. You can then download and print your CME certificate.

Thank you for choosing Astute Doctor. We hope you enjoy your learning experience and we congratulate you for taking time out of your busy schedule to build skills that increase your impact with patients.


   By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the patient's key health objectives
  • Identify how the patient's health objectives might best be achieved
  • Mentor patients in the evaluation and achievement of their treatment goals
  • Use management options that emphasize patient autonomy and incorporates medical preferences
  • Identify and overcome possible barriers to goal achievement.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate CME Certificate of Completion

CME Information COMMUNICATE 2023-24
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