Decision Making Resources for Patients

Decision-making tools

Patient decision aids are educational tools that give you information about your options and encourage you to think about what is important to you as you make your health care choices. These paper, DVD, or web-based tools may be used before, after, or during your medical appointment. We can help you find the right resources to support you with your health care decision-making.

  • Emmi® Patient Education, a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics partner since 2013, specializes in patient engagement and education. Emmi web-based video decision aids are prescribed for you by your care provider. The Center for Shared Decision Making can also help patients access these programs.
  • Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia web-based interactive Decision Points on medical tests, medicines, surgeries, and treatments.
  • AHRQ Patient Decision Aids
    The web-based decision aids from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are designed for patients with certain conditions to help them think about what is important to them when talking with their clinician about treatment options. The site also provides free research summaries about the benefits and risks of different treatment options covering health topics suggested by the public.
  • Option Grids are designed to help people compare reasonable treatment or screening options for medical conditions. Using a grid, patients and clinicians can read and compare the answers to questions that patients frequently ask about each relevant option.
  • The Ottawa Personal Decision Guide© is a tool designed to help people make any health-related or social decision. The guide helps you assess your decision-making needs, think about what is important to you in making your choice, and plan your next steps. You can use this guide yourself, or with a facilitator. Health Coaches at the Center for Shared Decision Making are available to meet with you to help you think through your choices using this tool as a guide.
  • Choosing Wisely has patient friendly resources from specialty societies and Consumer Reports to help you have conversations with your healthcare provider about what tests and treatments are appropriate for you.

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Tips for working with your healthcare provider

Websites of interest

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information on diagnosis & treatment, prevention & health and how to get more involved with your health care.
  • The Consumer Health Library at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center contains books and videotapes on a wide variety of consumer health topics, such as heart disease, child health, prescription drugs, aging and much more. There is also a searchable online index of websites that have been selected by the Matthew-Fuller Health Sciences librarians.
  • National Patient Safety Foundation provides links to educational opportunities and resources for patients and families.

Other resource centers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Our various resource centers are staffed by professionals and volunteers who can help you find reliable health information and assistance.