Resources to Identify Patient Decision Support Tools


The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The most thorough online repository of tools by health topic. Each tool is scored using the IPDAS criteria and includes summary information including how to obtain the tool.

Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit
Lead by Dr. Victor Montori, the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit maintains the Shared Decision Making National Resource Center and actively develops new decision tools.  Current topics include cardiovascular disease prevention, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, percutaneous coronary intervention, and smoking cessation around surgery. All are publicly available.  

Health Dialog
A population health management service for health plans, providers, or self-insured employers created by Rite Aid. In addition to case management services, Health Dialog creates decision tools for common conditions, several are available in Spanish. Group Health published their results of implementing Health Dialog tools for hip and knee surgery in Health Affairs in 2012.

List of Decision Aids
Many topics related to: Back Care Programs, Breast Cancer Programs, Chronic Conditions, End of Life Decisions, Heart Disease Programs, Mental Health Programs, Orthopedic Programs, Prostate Programs, Screening Programs, Women’s Health Programs

“Decision Points” are web and paper-based tools created by Healthwise. Please contact Healthwise at 800-706-9646 for more information on how to purchase their “Decision Points.”

Topics related to: Acne, Allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, Breast Feeding, Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, and more.

Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
The research and advocacy branch of Healthwise. Includes research overviews, patient resources, and policy efforts with links to state legislative efforts.

Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group
In collaboration with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Cochrane group created tools for osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Effective Health Care Program
Available online with downloadable PDFs and sound files.

Several topics related to: Breathing Conditions, Cancer, Developmental Delays, ADHD, and Autism, Diabetes, Digestive System Conditions, Mental Health, Heart and Blood Vessel, Muscle, Bone, and Joint, Pregnancy and Childbirth


Cincinnati Children’s James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Pediatric focused decision tools on ADHD treatment, anticoagulation therapy, bone infections, diarrhea treatment with probiotics, HPV vaccination, sickle cell and autism treatments.

Magic Project
An innovative effort to link current high-quality guidelines developed using the GRADE framework into decision aids through a web-based application, the MAGIC app (Making GRADE the Irresistible Choice).

NHS Brief DA
Printable decision aids developed by the NHS. Publicly available tools on smoking cessation, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, leg cramps, enlarged prostate, contraception choices, menorrhagia, plantar fasciitis, warts, and irritable bowel syndrome.

NHS Patient Decision Aids (all limited to within UK)

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