Letters Patient oriented decision aids

Safety, effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of decision aids still unclear

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6578 (Published 12 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6578
  1. Shilpa Patel, senior research fellow and health psychologist1,
  2. Siew Wan Hee, research fellow, statistics1,
  3. Harbinder Sandhu, assistant professor in health psychology1,
  4. Yaling Yang, senior research fellow, health economics2,
  5. Martin Underwood, director, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit1
  1. 1Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
  2. 2Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
  1. shilpa.patel{at}warwick.ac.uk

The use of decision aids to improve satisfaction with treatment and clinical outcomes is an attractive proposition. It is disappointing that Denig and colleagues failed to find any positive effects in their trial of a decision aid designed to improve the quality of consultation for people with diabetes.1

Our recent experience is also disappointing. In a pilot randomised trial we tested …

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