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Patient decision aids

Patient decision aids are tools that help people become involved in decision making by making explicit the decision that needs to be made, providing information about the options and outcomes, and by clarifying personal values. They are designed to complement, rather than replace, counseling from a health practitioner.

The Ottawa Hospital's Patient Decision Aids Research Group, which is also affiliated with the University of Ottawa, maintains the world's largest inventory of patient decision aids, along with related tools and resources. 

Research News


Ottawa-led team stands out for patient decision aids research
October 8, 2019 - Dr. Dawn Stacey has earned the distinction of having her Cochrane systematic review cited more than any other Cochrane Review published in 2018.
Drs. David Moher and Dawn Stacy inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
October 2, 2019 - Drs. Dawn Stacey and David Moher were recognized among Canada’s top-ranked health and biomedical scientists during their induction as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Dawn Stacey co-hosts International Shared Decision Making Conference
August 14, 2019 - Dr. Dawn Stacey co-hosted the International Shared Decision Making Conference in Quebec City with Dr. France Légaré. More than 400 people from 22 countries participated in the conference, which focused on Patient-Oriented Shared Decision Ma
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Breau, Rodney
MD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, Kidney disease, Prostate cancer Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Imaging, Patient decision aids, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
Brehaut, Jamie
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Behaviour, Health professional behaviour change, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Psychology, Psychometrics, Qualitative methods, Shared decision making, Surveys
Grimes, David
MD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(Neuroscience)
Huntington's, Parkinson's Clinical research, Clinical trials, Patient decision aids
Lavallee, Luke
MDCM, MSc, FRCSC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, Kidney disease, Population health, Prostate cancer Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health professional behaviour change, Imaging, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Systematic reviews
Moore, Gregory
MD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Newborn and child health Clinical research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Shared decision making, Systematic reviews
Poulin, Patricia
C. Psych.
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Anxiety, Cancer, Chronic pain, Depression, Health equity, Musculoskeletal conditions, Pain Anesthesiology, Behaviour, Biomarkers, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Patient safety, Peri-operative medicine, Pragmatic trials, Psychology, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Ramsay, Timothy
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Stacey, Dawn
RN, PhD, CON(C)
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Clinical research, Clinical trials, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient decision aids, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Shared decision making, Surveys, Systematic reviews