Patient Decision Aids Can Have Big Impact

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds that the use of patient decision aids increase a young women's reluctance to begin screening mammography. In fact, it is the use of decision aids for breast screening that led some women to forgo the screening.  

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of three randomized trials, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) scientist Ilya Ivlev,  found that, compared to typical care, 77 percent of women aged 38 to 50 who viewed a patient decision aid decided not to undergo screening mammography. 

More information about the study can be found on OHSU's website: