Ottawa Personal Decision Guide - Example Video
This example, produced at Algonquin College in Ottawa, shows the use of the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide (OPDG) during a simulated decision coaching session between an academic advisor and a student making a social decision. This same process can be used to guide someone making any health or social decisions (or the OPDG could be used independently by the person making the decision).
Copies of the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide:
- as completed by the student; (PDF)
- a blank, interactive version; (PDF)
- other versions available here.
Video segments linked to steps in the OPDG
- Introduction (1:23 MP4)
Beginning of the coaching session that describes the context of the decision.
- Step 1: Clarify the decision (2:36 MP4)
Direct the person making the decision to make explicit the decision being considered and indicate where they are at in their decision making process, reasons for making the decision, and timeframes around the decision.
- Step 2: Explore needs - Knowledge (4:38 MP4)
Help the person to identify their options and the pros and cons of each option.
- Step 2: Explore needs - Values (2:25 MP4)
Assist the person to clarify their values by having them rate the importance of each pro and con.
- Step 2: Explore needs - Support (4:08 MP4)
Ask the person to think about who else is involved in making the decision and their views on the decision (either supportive or providing negative pressure)
- Step 3: Identify decision making needs (1:10 MP4)
Screen the person for decisional conflict to identify where they are having difficulty with the decision.
- Step 4: Plan the next steps based on needs (4:56 MP4)
Guide the person making the decision to create an action plan for moving forward with the decision.
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These videos are protected by copyright but are freely available for you to use, provided you cite the original reference.
Suggested citation: Patient Decision Aids Research Group (2012). Ottawa Personal Decision Guide - Example Video. Retrieved YYYY-MM-DD from http://decisionaid.ohri.ca/opdg_video.html.
Last modified: 2015-04-14.