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.

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