Deciding on your treatment

Updated on 15 Mar, 2017

Decision aids are designed to help patients make decisions about difficult healthcare choices. They provide good quality information about all the options for the health problem, and questions to help patients think about what is important to them.

Patient’s views can change over time depending on their experiences and who they talk to. Patient decision aids are specially designed resources that help patients make decisions about difficult healthcare options and help to understand why one option is better than another.

Those who use decision aids say they understand the health problem and treatment choices more clearly. They understand why one treatment is better for them than another and feel that they can talk more confidently about their reasons for preferring an option.

Each decision aid is split in to five steps to guide patients through the process of making a decision.

For further information about making decisions about your treatment, read more about Shared Decision Making or watch this video from The Health Foundation.