Shared Decision-Making

How Decision Aids Help

After being diagnosed with a condition, decision aids can help you:

  • Gather information about your condition.
  • Learn about each option for treatment and related risks.
  • Think about and factor in what matters to you.
  • Better define your short- and long-term treatment goals.
  • Choose among different types of care.
  • Make an informed decision together with your care team.

These tools, along with conversations with your health care team and perhaps connecting with other people through support groups, can guide you as you navigate the different treatment paths you could take.

Typically, decision aids will outline things we know to be true (called objective considerations) and personal opinion or feelings (called subjective considerations) to help determine how they fit with your goals.




  • What clinical use tells us
  • What evidence tells us
  • Pros and cons of each treatment option


  • Your health goals
  • Your values, needs and preferences
  • Your acceptance and feelings about each treatment

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Published: August 2017
Medical Reviewers: Katherine Doermann Byrd; William R. Lewis, MD, FACC; Daniel D. Matlock, MD; Janet Wyman, DNP, RNCS, AACC

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