What are Decision Aids?

There are times when you need to make decisions about your health. This could be about which treatment is best for you, or whether you should have a screening test. There may be many different options.

Decision Aids will help you (and your doctor or nurse) to understand what your options are. You can see what the benefits and risks of each option are, to help you and your nurse or doctor come to a decision that is right for you.

We currently have advice for the following conditions and medical choices:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (NHS)Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (NHS)
Acne (NHS)Amniocentesis (Option Grids)
Anal Fissure in Adults (Magic)Angina: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Atrial fibrillation - reducing the risk of stroke (Magic)Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention (Patient)
Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter Stroke Prevention (NHS)Atrial Fibrillation: Medication Options (Option Grids)
Atrial fibrillation: medicines to help reduce your risk of a stroke (NICE)Birth Options after previous Caesarean Section (NHS)
Bladder Cancer (NHS)Breast Cancer: Surgical Options (Option Grids)
Breast Reconstuction after Surgery for Cancer: Options (Option Grids)Carotid Artery Stenosis in People at High Risk: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Carotid Artery Stenosis: Treatment Options (Option Grids)Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Magic)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NHS)Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Cataracts (NHS) Chronic Kidney Disease: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (NHS)Contraceptive Choices (Magic)
Coronary heart disease and stroke: statins to reduce risk (NICE)Crohn's Disease: Medication Options (Option Grids)
Deafness in Infancy and Childhood: Language Options (Option Grids)Depression (NHS)
Diabetes: Additional Treatments to Improve Control (NHS)Diabetes: Improving Control (NHS)
Dialysis: Making the Right Choices for You (Kidney Research UK)Down's Syndrome Diagnostic Testing (NHS)
Down's Syndrome Test: Yes or No? (Option Grids)Dupuytren's Disease: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
End of Life: Place of Care (NHS)Enlarged Prostate (Magic)
Epilepsy (Hippocampal Sclerosis): Treatment OptionsEpilepsy Surgery (Option Grids)
Epilepsy When Considering Pregnancy: Medication Options (Option Grids)Established Kidney Failure (NHS)
Fluid in Middle Ear: Treatment Options (Option Grids)Gallstones (NHS)
Glue Ear in Children (NHS)Hearing Loss: Hearing Technology Options (Option Grids)
Heart Failure: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Placement or Not? (Option Grids)Heartburn: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding - Menorrhagia (NHS)High Blood Pressure (NHS)
High Cholesterol (NHS)Hip Osteoarthritis: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
HIV Test: Yes or No? (Option Grids)Inguinal Hernia (NHS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Magic)Kidney Dialysis (NHS)
Kidney Transplant (NHS)Knee Osteoarthritis: Self-management Options (Option Grids)
Knee Osteoarthritis: Treatment Options (Option Grids)Leg Cramps (Magic)
Localised Prostate Cancer (NHS)Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (NHS)
Lung Cancer (NHS)Lung Cancer Screening: Yes or No? (Option Grids)
Melanoma: Completion Lymphadenectomy - Yes or No?Melanoma: Follow-up with Regular CT Scans - Yes or No?
Melanoma: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy - Yes or No?Menorrahgia (Magic)
Mental Health Conditions: Return to Work or Not? (Option Grids)Multiple Sclerosis (NHS)
Newborn Circumcision: Yes or No? (Option Grids)Obesity (NHS)
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee (Magic)Osteoarthritis of the Hip (NHS)
Osteoarthritis of the Knee (NHS)Ovarian Cancer Risk after Menopause: Oophorectomy or Not? (Option Grids)
Ovarian Cancer Risk before Menopause: Oophorectomy or Not? (Option Grids)Pain (Long-term and Flare-up): Medication Options
Pain (Nerve Type): Medication OptionsPlantar Fasciitis (Magic)
Prostate Cancer (Localised, High Risk): Treatment OptionsProstate Cancer (Localised, Intermediate Risk): Treatment Options
Prostate Cancer (Localised, Low risk): Treatment Options (Option Grids)Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Yes or No? (Option Grids)
PSA Testing (NHS)PSA Testing (Patient)
Psoriasis (Plaque Type): Medication Options (Option Grids)Rectal Cancer (NHS)
Recurrent Sore Throat (NHS)Rheumatoid Arthritis (NHS)
Sciatica from Slipped Disc: Treatment Options (Option Grids)Smoking - Stopping (Magic)
Smoking Cessation (NHS)Sore Throat: Antibiotics or Not? (Option Grids)
Spinal Stenosis: Treatment Options (Option Grids)Stable Angina (NHS)
Statins for Heart Disease Risk: Yes or No? (Option Grids)Tennis Elbow (Magic)
Tonsillitis: Tonsillectomy or Not? (Option Grids)Trigger Finger: Treatment Options (Option Grids)
Type I Diabetes in Children: Insulin Treatment Options (Option Grids)Warts and Verrucas (Magic)