Benefits of Decision Aids
Patients who use decision aids tend to have:
- better knowledge about their condition and treatment options
- more accurate expectations of the benefits and risks of each option and how those options work
- made decisions that are more in line with their personal preferences and goals
- played a more active role in their care
- greater confidence/feeling more sure of care plans
- clearly talked with their health care team and in general feel more satisfied with care
Studies also show that patients who used a decision aid were less likely to choose an invasive elective surgery than those who did not consult a decision aid.
In addition, decision aids allow you to partner more closely with your doctor in making decisions.
Doctor’s offices are busy. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time to go over everything, and patients may not know the right questions to ask. Even when health care professionals fully discuss the risks and benefits of one treatment over another, patients may not understand the information. Decision aids can help bridge this gap.
Published: August 2017
Medical Reviewers: Katherine Doermann Byrd; William R. Lewis, MD, FACC; Daniel D. Matlock, MD; Janet Wyman, DNP, RNCS, AACC