Decision Aid Summary

Title Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks.
How to obtain Website.
Available here.
Health condition Cholesterol
Type of decision aid Treatment
Options included Take statins.
Talk to your doctor about alternative treatments.
Audience People with high cholesterol who are prescribed statins.
Developer Mayo Clinic
Where was it developed?
Mayo Clinic
Year of last update or review 2016
Format Web, paper
Language English
The assessment (based on IPDAS) of this decision aid indicates that it meets:
10 out of 11 of the content criteria
4 out of 9 of the development process criteria
0 out of 2 of the effectiveness criteria


1.The decision aid describes the condition (health or other) related to the decision. Yes
2.The decision aid describes the decision that needs to be considered (the index decision). Yes
3.The decision aid lists the options (health care or other). Yes
4.The decision aid describes what happens in the natural course of the condition (health or other) if no action is taken. Yes
5.The decision aid has information about the procedures involved (e.g. what is done before, during, and after the health care option). Yes
6.The decision aid has information about the positive features of the options (e.g. benefits, advantages). Yes
7.The decision aid has information about negative features of the options (e.g. harms, side effects, disadvantages). Yes
8.The information about outcomes of options (positive and negative) includes the chances they may happen. No
9.The decision aid has information about what the test is designed to measure. NA
10.The decision aid describes possible next steps based on the test results. NA
11.The decision aid has information about the chances of disease being found with and without screening. NA
12.The decision aid has information about detection and treatment of disease that would never have caused problems if screening had not been done. NA
13.The decision aid presents probabilities using event rates in a defined group of people for a specified time. NA
14.The decision aid compares probabilities (e.g. chance of a disease, benefit, harm, or side effect) of options using the same denominator. NA
15.The decision aid compares probabilities of options over the same period of time. NA
16.The decision aid uses the same scales in diagrams comparing options. NA
17.The decision aid asks people to think about which positive and negative features of the options matter most to them. Yes
18.The decision aid makes it possible to compare the positive and negative features of the available options. Yes
19.The decision aid shows the negative and positive features of the options with equal detail. Yes
Development ProcessAnswer
20.Users (people who previously faced the decision) were asked what they need to prepare them to discuss a specific decision. Yes
21.The decision aid was reviewed by people who previously faced the decision who were not involved in its development and field testing. Unknown
22.People who were facing the decision field tested the decision aid. Unknown
23.Field testing showed that the decision aid was acceptable to users (the general public & practitioners). Unknown
24.Field testing showed that people who were undecided felt that the information was presented in a balanced way. Unknown
25.The decision aid provides references to scientific evidence used. No
26.The decision aid reports the date when it was last updated. Yes
27.The decision aid reports whether authors of the decision aid or their affiliations stand to gain or lose by choices people make after using the decision aid. Yes
28.The decision aid (or available technical document) reports readability levels. Yes
29.There is evidence that the decision aid (or one based on the same template) helps people know about the available options and their features. Unknown
30.There is evidence that the decision aid (or one based on the same template) improves the match between the features that matter most to the informed person and the option that is chosen. Unknown

Last modified: 2014-08-20.