Develop decision aids

Further examination of the advantages and potential for multimedia or interactive decision aids would be of value to the NHS in terms of giving effective and transferable online support to patients staff and public in making decisions.

RecommendationsWe recommend that further development and robust evaluation of web based and multimedia decision aids be encouraged

Evidence shows that involving patients in decision making improves their health outcomes and can decrease the need for evasive surgery. The NHS Institute is supporting two informed decision initiatives which bring together key thinkers in the fields of urology and knee surgery to develop informed decision tools for patients and healthcare professionals to use together. 

The first is lead by Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.  A suite of decision tools have been developed which aim to support urology patients to make the choices that are right for them and was the first to involve patients and clinicians working together to introduce informed choice of treatment. 

The second is lead by West Hertfordshire PCT and aims to develop decision aids for patients considering knee replacement surgery (for OA knee). The decision tools will be tested to see if patient experience and outcomes can be better if the alternative treatment options are considered. 

If you are involved in an informed decision initiative share your project details and experience here.

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