Toward the 'tipping point': decision aids and informed patient choice

Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 May-Jun;26(3):716-25. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.26.3.716.


Preference-sensitive treatment decisions involve making value trade-offs between benefits and harms that should depend on informed patient choice. There is strong evidence that patient decision aids not only improve decision quality but also prevent the overuse of options that informed patients do not value. This paper discusses progress in implementing decision aids and the policy prospects for reaching a "tipping point" in the adoption of "informed patient choice" as a standard of practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Certification / methods
  • Decision Making
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Patient Participation / methods*
  • Patient Participation / trends*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • United States