Role of decision aids in orthopaedic surgery

Isha A. ten Have, Michel P.J. van den Bekerom*, Derek F.P. van Deurzen, Michel G.J.S. Hageman

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Medical treatment of patients inherently entails the risk of undesired complication or side effects. It is essential to inform the patient about the expected outcomes, but also the possible undesired outcomes. The patients preference and values regarding the potential outcomes should be involved in the decision making process. Even though many orthopaedic surgeons are positive towards shared decision-making, it is minimally introduced in the orthopaedic daily practice and decision-making is still mostly physician based. Decision aids are designed to support the physician and patient in the shareddecision- making process. By using decision aids, patients can learn more about their condition and treatment options in advance to the decision-making. This will reduce decisional conflict and improve participation and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-866
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Orthopaedics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Decisional conflict
  • Empowerment
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Patient decision aid
  • Shared decision-making


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