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Decision Aids are patient-based tools developed to help patients make medicial decisions about their healthcare. These decisions include whether or not to have surgery, schedule a medical test, begin a treatment, or use a pharmaceutical. These tools can be sheets of paper, pamphlets, interactive online webforms, videos, audiotapes, or workbooks.
Decision aids may include the following:
O'Connor AM, Bennett CL, Stacey D, et al.
Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
2009, Issue 3.
Art. No.: CD001431.
Patient Decision Aids are NOT the following:
Shared Decision-Making Process:
-- clinician counsels patient, but patient decides best option for himself/herself
-- leads to higher rates of patient compliance
-- creates accurate perception of benefits and harms
-- continues EBP's focus on patient-centered healthcare