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What are Option Grid™ Patient Decision Aids?

EBSCO Health Option Grid™ patient decision aids are brief, easy-to-read tools to help patients and healthcare professionals compare medical options. Brief enough to use in a clinic visit, the tools use research to answer questions that patients often ask. This helps patients and healthcare professionals talk about what matters most to patients. These talks are called shared decision making.

For select tools, risk information can be personalized to the patient's age, sex, or other factors.

Benefits of Option Grid™ Patient Decision Aids

Research suggests that these tools:

  • Encourage shared decision making between patients and healthcare professionals
  • Give patients information they need to make better choices
  • Can be used quickly

Our Editorial Process

Creating these tools takes 7 steps:

  1. Finding research that answers patients’ questions about healthcare options
  2. Deciding which research is most useful to patients
  3. Understanding the research
  4. Reporting the information without bias
  5. Comparing and combining information from multiple reports as needed
  6. Making the information easy for patients to read and understand
  7. Updating each Option Grid with important changes in healthcare

The editorial team does a comprehensive search of DynaMed and, when needed, the medical literature, to identify the best available evidence to answer each patient question. The most useful evidence is selected for inclusion, critically appraised and summarized. A first draft is reviewed by the team to check accuracy and clinical relevance. The draft is then reviewed by practicing clinicians and patients. Additional editing is done to ensure that the information presented is accurate, relevant, and easy for patients to understand. We aim for a reading age of 12 years or younger. The tools are always current: the editorial team receives alerts when relevant DynaMed topics are updated. These topics are monitored every day using a multi-step surveillance method. When new clinically relevant data is identified, the tools are updated.