Using decision aids to help patients navigate the "grey zone" of medical decision-making

O'Connor, Annette M.
May 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/22/2007, Vol. 176 Issue 11, p1597
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the application of decision aids that provide patients with treatment options. In this connection, an international collaboration of researchers, practitioners, patients and policy makers endorsed its standards for the content, development and evaluation of patients decision. It assures the patients that the method would help them arrive in the right decisions regardless the age and educational background. Key points on patient decision aids are presented.


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