Patient Decision Aids to Engage Adults in Treatment or Screening Decisions

JAMA. 2017 Aug 15;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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decision Making*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Participation*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome