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Shared decision-making and virtual reality

During the convention of the Fédération des Médecins Omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ), with the theme of Le surdiagnostic et vous?, the QMA and Choisir avec soins Quebec presented a new tool for combating overdiagnosis and overtreatment. The tool, for which users must wear a virtual reality headset, is an application incorporating virtual reality and animation that enables physicians to immerse themselves in the very heart of shared decision-making.

Virtual reality is a very useful tool for simulating situations that are complex to reproduce in the real world. It also helps users see how they would react in real life and allows them to immediately review their practices.


When viewing the animated virtual reality application developed by the QMA and Choisir avec soins Quebec, you are present in a simulated consultation with a 50-year‑old patient who has come to see her physician for a pap test. Things get complicated when she mentions a letter she received about a breast cancer screening.

What follows is a discussion in which you can take part in deciding how the physician will respond. A moderator reviews your choice of treatment if it strays from best practices and advises you on the steps to follow to help your patient make an informed decision. 

If you are interested in this virtual reality experience, you can try it out during the QMA Symposium for Physician Executives and the QMA Annual Convention.


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