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Decision aids in clinical practice

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:39
  1. A Cranney, rheumatologist1 (
  1. 1 Ottawa Hospital, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON, Canada, K1Y 4E9

    Decision aids can be a useful format to communicate evidence based information on harms and benefits of therapies to individual patients. When used as an adjunct to the consultation, decision aids can change the format of the consultation process; decision aids are designed to enhance communication and interaction between patient and practitioner—not to replace it. Decision aids are not indicated for each clinical decision or scenario and they may not appeal to all physicians. But trials evaluating decision aids in the United Kingdom concluded that they helped patients use information to clarify …

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