Decision Guides (mostly for any decision)

Decision guides can be used to facilitate decision-making by helping people identify their decision making needs, plan the next steps, track their progress, and share their views with others about the decision. They differ from patient decision aids in that they do not meet all of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) qualifying criteria to be called a patient decision aid.

1. Ottawa Personal Decision Guides

The Ottawa Personal Decision Guide (OPDG) and Ottawa Personal Decision Guide for Two (OPDGx2) are designed for any health-related or social decisions.

They can help people identify their decision making needs, plan the next steps, track their progress, and share their views about the decision. See this video example of the OPDG being used to coach someone making a decision.

They can be used by healthcare professionals to facilitate shared decision making.

Ottawa Personal Decision Guide: 2 page PDF form

Ottawa Personal Decision Guide
(Two-page interactive PDF. Fill in, save your answers, and print using Adobe Reader.)

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Ottawa Personal Decision Guide for Two: 2 page PDF form

Ottawa Personal Decision Guide for Two
(Allows 2 people involved in the decision to complete the guide.)

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You may use any of these Ottawa guides without requesting permission. These guides are protected by copyright but are freely available for you to use, provided you: a) cite the reference in any documents or publications; b) do not charge for or profit from them; and c) do not alter them except for prefilling them for a specific condition/decision as necessary.

 

2. Decision guides inspired by the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide

My Care Companion Decision Aid from Queensland Health, Australia (August, 2023) was developed to support people with life-limiting conditions to have honest conversations and make decisions about their treatment and care.

To get the care and services I need, should I stay in my home or move? A decision guide developed by N Briere, J Emond, M Garvelink, F Legare, and D Stacey at the Centre intègre universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale Quebec, Canada (January, 2015). It is for seniors who are thinking about whether it is best to stay in their home or move to get the care and services they need (instead of providing benefits/advantages and harms/disadvantages for options it asked users to add them).

Last modified: 2023-12-04.