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JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis
August 15, 2017

Patient Decision Aids to Engage Adults in Treatment or Screening Decisions

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Faculté de Médecine, Université Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
JAMA. 2017;318(7):657-658. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.10289

Clinical Question  Are patient decision aids (PtDAs) associated with (1) improved decision quality defined as a decision informed by the evidence and a value-based decision; (2) improved decision-making processes defined as feeling informed, defining clear values related to the decision, and active participation in making the decision; and (3) better patient and health system outcomes compared with either usual care or a non-PtDA intervention?

Bottom Line  Patient decision aids are associated with improved decision quality and decision-making processes without worse patient or health system outcomes.