Tuesday, January 7, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Royal Pavilion Ballroom I-III (The Regent Hotel)

The goal of this panel symposium is to discuss institutional innovations and barriers to improving Patient-Centered Care (PCC)/Shared Decision Making (SDM) in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Panelist will highlight PCC/SDM models that have been successful in the Asia/Pacific regions and discuss similarities and dissimilarities of these models to western models/programs that are popular in the literature. 

Following panel members’ presentations, Dr. Stiggelbout will highlight major issues raised by each panel member and offer insights on similarities and differences in Asia versus Western region approaches to PCC and SDM.  The session will conclude with a Q&A session.

Anne M. Stiggelbout, PhD
Session Chairs:
Anirban Basu, PhD and Dana L. Alden, PhD
3:30 PM
Chirk Jenn Ng, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Dr. Chirk Jenn Ng is a Professor in the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He practices as a consultant family physician at the University Malaya Medical Centre and teaches family medicine at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. He is the deputy editor of the Malaysian Family Physician and chaired the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group 2010 – 2012. He is involved in promoting primary care research in Malaysia and the region by organising research conferences and conducting regular research workshops. He is currently the coordinator of the research module of the Advanced Training Programme at the Academy of Family Physician of Malaysia.  Professor Ng obtained PhD from UK focusing on the implementation of shared decision making in general practice. He currently leads a number of research on medical decision making across private, public and university-based settings. His other research interests include evidence based medicine and men’s health.

4:00 PM
Somsak Chunharas, Ministry of Public Health
Dr. Somsak is a medical doctor with master of public health and additional training in medical education, health financing and project management. Starting his career as a physician and director in community hospitals in rural Thailand, he then shifted to international health and health planning with particular interest and experiences in health policy and system research, research ethics, information system, human resource development, and knowledge management and learning organization with articles and book chapters in Thai and English. He has worked extensively with various international organizations e.g. WHO, UNICEF, COHRED, ASPHR, and UNESCO. He currently runs NHF, an NGO working to promote knowledge-based health policy and system development.

4:30 PM
Lyndal Trevena, MBBS, MPH, PhD, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dr. Trevena will discuss research findings in general and her latest research in particular that address issues related to adapting Western-based models of PCC in Asian cultures and resource constrained environments. As a key member of Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED) and an active general practitioner, Dr. Trevena's main research interest is the application of evidence in general practice, particularly in evidence-based clinical decision-making. She continues to develop and evaluate a number of decision tools and clinical practice guidelines, which assist clinicians and patients to individualize population-level research into practice. Much of this work has been in cancer and other disease prevention. More detail about this research program can be found at She is particularly interested in preventive primary care strategies in disadvantaged groups & has worked with homeless people, low literacy groups and more recently in low-income country settings.