Objectives To develop decision aids to provide evidence-based information and formal preference elicitation for women with menorrhagia; and to evaluate their effects on patient outcomes, patient management and cost effectiveness.
The call for increased patient participation in treatment decision making has come from a range of different perspectives. Methods to achieve these aims have included the development of patient decision aids. These can provide evidence-based information on treatment options and outcomes, help patients consider the personal value they place on benefits vs harms, and participate in decision about their care. Decision aids come in a variety of formats including leaflets, audiotapes, decision boards, computer programs, videos, Web sites, and structured interviews.