The work was carried out in the following institution: Ottawa Health Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON Canada K1Y 4E9.
Understanding and overcoming the barriers of implementing patient decision aids in clinical practice*
Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2006
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 174–181, April 2006
How to Cite
O'Donnell, S., Cranney, A., Jacobsen, M. J., Graham, I. D., O'Connor, A. M. and Tugwell, P. (2006), Understanding and overcoming the barriers of implementing patient decision aids in clinical practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 12: 174–181. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00613.x
- Issue online: 7 MAR 2006
- Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2006
- Accepted for publication: 18 March 2005
- decision aids;
- decision support tools;
Patient decision aids (ptDAs) have been developed to assist patients with difficult health-related decisions. Despite their proven effects on decision quality in numerous efficacy trials, we lack an evidence-based approach for implementing them as part of the process of care. Pragmatic trials of ptDAs have uncovered a myriad of implementation challenges; therefore we need a better understanding of the barriers and strategies to overcome them to facilitate their widespread uptake. The following paper provides an overview of the barriers related to the uptake of ptDAs within the process of care and the strategies, opportunities and research priorities to overcome them. This report is based on our interpretation of the literature and our collective experience in implementing ptDAs within trials and other contexts.