Patient Decision Aids: A Case for Certification at the National Level in the United States.

Journal Article

Patient decision aids enable patients to be better informed about the potential benefits and harms of their healthcare options. Certification of patient decision aids at the national level in the United States is a critical step towards responsible governance-primarily as a quality measure that increases patients' safety, as mandated in the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Certification would provide a verification process to identify conflicts of interest that may otherwise bias the scientific evidence presented in decision aids. Certification also benefits clinicians who may otherwise face malpractice claims based on harm to patients caused by possible reliance on patient decision aids that are inaccurate, incomplete, or presented in a manner that biases the patient's decision. Existing work by the International Patient Decision Aid Standards Collaboration could guide the establishment of a certification process within the U.S. This article argues for national certification of patient decision aids and discusses how that may be achieved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Poddar, U; Brownlee, S; Stacey, D; Volk, RJ; Williams, JW; Elwyn, G

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 306 - 311

PubMed ID

  • 26752384

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-5879

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1046-7890

Language

  • eng