In August, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation formally announced our partnership with Childbirth Connection to establish the Maternity Care Shared Decision Making Initiative. Childbirth Connection has been a leading voice in maternity care quality improvement for over 90 years. "In today's environment, women need access to evidence-based decision tools to help them navigate the complex maternity care system and make informed decisions for a safe and healthy birth. We are excited about the project and can't wait to get started," says Maureen Corry, Childbirth Connection's executive director.
Objectives To develop decision aids to provide evidence-based information and formal preference elicitation for women with menorrhagia; and to evaluate their effects on patient outcomes, patient management and cost effectiveness.
The call for increased patient participation in treatment decision making has come from a range of different perspectives. Methods to achieve these aims have included the development of patient decision aids. These can provide evidence-based information on treatment options and outcomes, help patients consider the personal value they place on benefits vs harms, and participate in decision about their care. Decision aids come in a variety of formats including leaflets, audiotapes, decision boards, computer programs, videos, Web sites, and structured interviews.