Decision support tools, also called patient decision aids, support shared decision making by making treatment, care and support options explicit. They provide evidence-based information about the associated benefits/harms and help patients to consider what matters most to them in relation to the possible outcomes, including doing nothing.
NHS England has just published a suite of eight decision support tools that will help people with their healthcare professionals in clinical consultations, about their treatment choices for their condition through shared decision making.
NHS England has worked with patients, patient charities health professionals and research teams over several months to develop the tools in line with NICE guidance on shared decision making standards.
- Making a decision about Dupuytren’s contracture
- Making a decision about carpal tunnel syndrome
- Making a decision about hip osteoarthritis
- Making a decision about knee osteoarthritis
- Making a decision about further treatment for atrial fibrillation
- Making a decision about cataracts
- Making a decision about glaucoma
- Making a decision about wet age-related macular degeneration