Published online Dec 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i11.864
Peer-review started: May 9, 2015
First decision: June 3, 2015
Revised: September 3, 2015
Accepted: October 20, 2015
Article in press: October 27, 2015
Published online: December 18, 2015
Core tip: In shared decision-making the caregiver provides expertise and evidence, and the patient and caregiver choose diagnostic and treatment options consistent with their values and preferences. To support patients in discussing their health decisions with their treating physician, patient decision aids have been developed. It is thought that empowering patients to participate in the decision making process with the help of decision aids results in increased satisfaction and physical function and reduced decisional conflict, anxiety, and resource utilization.