Option Grids: shared decision making made easier

Option Grids: shared decision making made easier

Author: Elwyn G, Lloyd A, Joseph-Williams N, Cording E, Thomson R, Durand MA, Edwards A, Patient Educ Counseling

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This article describes exploratory work using option grids and that clinicians found that using Option Grids made it easier to explain the existence of options and reported a ‘handover’ effect, where patient involvement in decision making was enhanced.

Drawing on experience and learning from the Health Foundation’s MAGIC programme, the article concludes that Option Grids made options more visible and clinicians found it easier to undertake shared decision making when these tools were available. The authors conclude that, used in a collaborative way, Option Grids enhance patients’ confidence and voice, increasing their involvement in collaborative dialogues.

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