Patient Decision Aids

Totally Health was engaged by the Rightcare Shared Decision Making programme to produce a number of patient decision aids. The patient decision aids (PDAs) feature evidence-based information, images and diagrams.  These have been designed to help patients understand and consider the pros and cons of possible treatment options and to encourage communication between them and their healthcare professionals. The PDAs are available online and in paper format, so patients and their carers, if appropriate, can examine their options in their own time.

The PDAs developed through the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) Right Care Programme were all based on specific clinical evidence searches that included, where they were available, latest NICE clinical guidelines and Quality Standards. This evidence informed fully the clinical content of all the PDAS, which were subsequently Quality Assured through discreet Medical Advisory Groups comprising senior clinicians and representatives from each PDA disease or health condition and decision point, and included patient representatives (Publications Gateway Reference 00194).

The 36 Patient Decision Aids available are:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Birth options after previous caesarean section
Bladder Cancer
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Diabetes: Additional Treatments to Improve Control
Diabetes: Improving Control
Diagnostic testing for Down’s Syndrome
End of Life: Place of care
Established Kidney Failure
Established Kidney Failure (Kidney Dialysis)
Established Kidney Failure (Kidney Transplant)
Glue Ear
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Inguinal Hernia
Localised Prostrate Cancer
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Lung Cancer
Multiple Sclerosis
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Testing
Rectal cancer (without distant spread)
Recurrent Sore Throat
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Smoking Cessation
Stable Angina
Stroke Prevention for Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter

Mobile Apps have also been developed for each Patient Decision Aid so the information can be accessible anywhere – To download the condition specific app for your device, search for the name of the condition on the Apple App Store or Google Play, e.g. Cataracts Patient Decision Aid.