A decision aid is an intervention that provides information on clinical options and outcomes relevant to a patient’s health. It is designed to help people make specific choices about different options for their healthcare by providing information on the relevant clinical options and outcomes. They are designed to be adjuncts to the patient-physician interaction. Decision aids are explicit about choices and encourage consumers to express their preference in clinical situations when there are different options. Decision aids are unbiased, non-directive and aim to support an informed choice consistent with healthcare values and preferences. Decision aids have received much support in the literature. A Cochrane Review of the impact of Decision Aids has recently been updated and is now available (Stacey et al 2014).
Cancer screening decision aids
- A decision aid for women aged 40 thinking about starting mammography screening
- Making decisions: Should I have a screening test for bowel cancer?
- Decision Aid for women aged 70 thinking about whether to continue or stop mammography screening for breast cancer