Patient decision aids for urologic conditions fall short of quality and readability standards

Sumary of Patient decision aids for urologic conditions fall short of quality and readability standards:

  • Online patient decision aids for common urologic conditions fall short of recommendations for readability and minimum standards for quality, reports a study in Urology Practice®, an Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA).
  • As more patients seek medical information online, patient decision aids can play an important role in involving patients in the shared decision making process about common conditions such as urinary incontinence or enlarged prostate and weighing the options for treatment.
  • Our study highlights the need to develop urologic decision aids that are thorough and easy to understand.
  • “Decision aids are different than other online materials,” Dr. Malik explains.
  • “Their goal is specifically to facilitate shared decision-making between physicians and patients and encourage patients to participate in healthcare decisions.
  • ” The study evaluated 14 decision aids in terms of: Readability: A range of formulas were used to estimate the approximate US grade level required to understand the text.
  • Minimum standards: An accepted set of minimum criteria (the International Patient Decision Aids Standards, or IPDASi) was used to evaluate each tool’s quality in helping patients make treatment decisions.
  • Related StoriesThe decision aids evaluated fell short in all three areas.

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