Option Grid decision aids

Option Grid decision aids are brief, easy-to-read tools that help patients and providers compare healthcare options. Content is developed using the most current evidence available and is focused on the questions patients most frequently ask when they need to make preference-sensitive decisions. Providers can select two to three options to compare, and for select topics, fill in patient-specific data to customize the grid.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Nursing & Allied Health
Ideal For: Healthcare

Features Include

  • Customize content based on patient demographics
  • Choose options to compare and a customized decision aid is dynamically created
  • Print or email to patients
  • Copy and paste into the EMR
  • Available in UK and US English

Benefit Breakdown

  • Empowers Patients: Helps patients share what matters most to them
  • Easy to Read: Uses patient-friendly language
  • Evidence-Based: Uses highest quality clinical evidence available
  • Patient-Tested: Co-developed with patients to make sure the patient voice is heard
  • Trustworthy: Developed without conflicts of interest
  • Simple to Use: Can be used in clinical visits without adding extra time
  • Meets Requirements: Meets all shared decision-making policy requirements and incentives

Research indicates that Option Grid decision aids:

  • Facilitate shared decision making in clinical encounters
  • Appear to have minimal effect on encounter length
  • Lead to increases in patient knowledge

Interested in Research?

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College manages academic research initiatives focused on patient engagement and shared decision making and how Option Grid decision aids impact healthcare delivery. If you are interested in research initiatives, please email Glyn Elwyn, MD, MSc, FRCGP, PhD, Professor, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College at glynelwyn@gmail.com or Marie-Anne Durand, BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD, CPsychol Assistant Professor, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College at Marie-Anne.Durand@dartmouth.edu.