Decision support tools for consumers
Decision support tools bring together high-quality information about particular conditions. They can be used by consumers and healthcare providers to inform discussions about treatment options, explore the consumer's preferences and share decision making.
Why use a decision support tool?
There is good evidence that using decision support tools, such as a decision aid, can help consumers to:
- Improve their knowledge of the options
- Clarify what matters most to them
- Have more accurate expectations of the possible benefits and harms of their options
- Participate more actively in decision making.
A Cochrane review on decision aids provides further evidence on the benefits of these tools.
Decision support tools
The Commission has developed a number of decision support tools that consumers can use with their healthcare providers:
Antibiotic use decision aids – updated 2021
Osteoarthritis of the knee
This decision support tool is based on the treatment options in the Commission’s Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard