A decision aid (DA) is an intervention that provides information on the clinical options and outcomes relevant to the person’s health. It is designed to help people make specific choices about different options for their healthcare by providing information on the clinical options and outcomes relevant to the person’s health. 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 and non-directive and aim to support an informed choice consistent with healthcare values and preferences which may be acted on. They are designed to be adjuncts to the patient-physician interaction. Decision aids have received much support in the literature. A Cochrane Review the impact of Decision Aids has recently been updated and is now available (O’Connor et al 2003).
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
- Making decisions: Should I use hormone replacement therapy?
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