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Health innovations in patient decision support: Bridging the gaps and challenges

Author(s): Chirk Jenn Ng | Yew Kong Lee | Ping Yein Lee | Khatijah Lim Abdullah

Journal: Australasian Medical Journal
ISSN 1836-1935

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 95;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Patient decision aids | shared decision making | health innovation

Patient decision aids (PDAs) help to support patients in making an informed and value-based decision. Despite advancement in decision support technologies over the past 30 years, most PDAs are still inaccessible and few address individual needs. Health innovation may provide a solution to bridge these gaps. Information and computer technology provide a platform to incorporate individual profiles and needs into PDAs, making the decision support more personalised. Health innovation may enhance accessibility by using mobile, tablet and Internet technologies; make risk communication more interactive; and identify patient values more effectively. In addition, using databases to capture patient data and the usage of PDAs can help: developers to improve PDAs’ design; clinicians to facilitate the decisionmaking process more effectively; and policy makers to make shared decision making more feasible and cost-effective. Health innovation may hold the key to advancing PDAs by creating a more personalised and effective decision support tool for patients making healthcare decisions.
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