A patient decision aid to help atrial fibrillation patients understand their condition and engage with their care providers to make shared decisions

We made this patient decision aid (PDA) to help people with atrial fibrillation (AF) decide which treatment is best for them to prevent strokes. It provides a personalized summary of patients' preferences, preferred treatment, and detailed personalized information about the treatment that they can save, print, and take with them to conversations with caregivers. It takes 30-45 minutes to complete, depending on how quickly and how much of the information they read. For example, a patient with a lot of AF education may choose to skip the initial education information. 

We evaluated the effects of using the PDA on the knowledge, preferences and decision-making feelings of patients with AF. It was effective for reducing decisional conflict, increasing patient knowledge, eliciting patients’ values, and presenting therapy options that aligned with patients’ values and preferences. Using the PDA revealed that many patients have therapy preferences different from their currently prescribed treatment. Overall, patients found the PDA to be a practical and valuable tool to facilitate decision making about stroke prevention therapy for AF.

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