Down Syndrome Option Grid™ Receives Certification

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January 8, 2017

The Option Grid Collaborative is pleased to announce that the Down Syndrome screening test: yes or no? Option Grid™ decision aid was certified by the Washington State Health Care Authority. This is the second Option Grid™ decision aid to receive such certification, following the Amniocentesis test: yes or no? Option Grid™ decision aid.

To learn more about the certification program in place in Washington State, please click here.

November Newsletter

November 11, 2016

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Newly Published

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October 28, 2016

Don't miss the latest addition to the Option Grid™ decision aid library! Parkinson's disease: medication options is available in both US and UK English. 

SDM in Health Care now available!

October 4, 2016

Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, and Rachel Thomson have published their third edition of Shared Decision Making in Health Care: Achieving Evidence-Based Patient Choice. Together with experts from around the world, editors discuss the theoretical and practical implications of prioritizing patient choice in clinical settings. 

Available now on Amazon US and Amazon UK. 

New decision aid for depression


September 28, 2016

Check out the latest addition to the Option Grid™ decision aid library! The Depression: treatment options decision aid compares watchful waiting, talk therapy and medication. 

News release: Certified Option Grid™ decision aid for amniocentesis


September 22, 2016

We're spreading the word about our Amniocentesis decision aid, certified by Washington state! Read the news release and view the decision aid here

Research on the Collaborative's competing interests policy


September 12, 2016

The Option Grid Collaborative was one of twelve organizations included in a qualitative analysis of decision aid producers' competing interests policies. The Collaborative's robust competing interests policy stood out in a landscape of inconsistent and ill-defined policies. 

Read the full BMJ Open article here

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Certified by Washington State Health Care Authority!

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August 24, 2016

The Amniocentesis test: yes or no? Option Grid™ decision aid was one of four tools recently certified by Washington State Health Care Authority. The decision aid was determined to meet all certification criteria, including patient involvement in development and quality evidence presentation. 

Read the press release, and check out Washington State's list of certified patient decision aids here

Grant awarded for research on breast cancer Option Grid™ decision aids!

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August 2, 2016

The Option Grid Collaborative's Operational Director, Marie-Anne Durand, will lead a study on Option Grid™ decision aid use among women with early stage breast cancer.  Durand will be the Principal Investigator on this $2 million research project, recently awarded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to The Dartmouth Institute.

Durand and her team will explore how Option Grid™ decision aids affect patients' involvement in care and decision satisfaction. They hope to demonstrate that Picture Option Grid™ decision aids can help reduce discrepancies in care and treatment choice between low SES and high SES patients.

Read the full project summary here.

New Option Grid™ decision aid for Psychosis!


July 7, 2016

We're excited to introduce a new Option Grid™ decision aid for antipsychotic medication! Developed in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), this decision aid compares continuing, adjusting and stopping antipsychotic medications. 

Recently Published!

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April 15, 2016

Don't miss the newest Option Grid™ decision aid:

Hearing loss: hearing technology options

This Option Grid™ decision aid compares hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and managing without hearing technology.

(NOTE: only visible when site is viewed in British English; toggle at top right. US English version coming soon)

BMJ Article on Picture Option Grids™!


February 4, 2016

Check out the latest research from Dr Marie-Anne Durand and colleagues, published in BMJ Open, on the Picture Option Grid™ for early stage breast cancer! The Picture Option Grid™ was developed using community based participatory research, and is geared towards patients with low levels of health literacy. You can view the PDF for free here

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January 22, 2016

Option Grid™ decision aids are now on Facebook! "Like" us to stay up to date on all exciting developments, such as newly published Option Grid decision aids, new website features, research findings, and special stories.

Recently Published!


December 14, 2015

Don't miss the newest batch of Option Grid™ decision aids, published in November and December 2015.




New Research Findings


October 2015

Two new articles have recently been published, featuring research on Option Grid™ decision aids for clinical encounters. Check out the Publications page, or see below:

Coming Soon to PEC: Elwyn G, Pickles T, Edwards A, Kinsey K, Brain K, Newcombe RG, Firth J, Marrin K, Nye A, Wood F. Supporting shared decision making using an Option Grid for osteoarthritis of the knee in an interface musculoskeletal clinic: a stepped wedge trial. Patient Education and Counseling: In Press.

Recently published in PEC: Fay M, Grande SW, Donnelly K, Elwyn G. Using Option Grids: steps toward shared decision-making for neonatal circumcision. Patient Education and Counseling. 2015:In Press. DOI:

Picture Option Grid™ for Early Stage Breast Cancer

August 2015

The Picture Option Grid™ decision aid for early stage breast cancer is derived from the original Option Grid, uses the same evidence, and includes images that illustrate the answers to the frequently asked questions. It has been developed and iteratively tested in community settings with people of varying literacy level and socioeconomic status using community based participatory research. The development of the Picture Option Grid™ decision aid is based on the assumption of pictorial superiority, defined as the tendency to remember concrete items more easily when presented as pictures rather than words. Pictures are also known to facilitate conceptual processing and to demand less cognitive effort than words. Research confirms that the use of pictures promotes understanding, compliance, and recall associated with health education information. CLICK HERE to view the full Picture Option Grid™ decision aid.

Option Grid™ Book Now Available!

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July 2015

The first edition of the Option Grid™ book: "Option Grid: Heath decisions made easier" is now available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. It compiles all Option Grid decision aids published to date, using spiral binding for easy browsing and copying. The book also provides information about the rationale for Option Grid decision aids, their development, recommendations for optimal use, the key principles of shared decision making and preference diagnosis in clinic visits, as well as risk communication. We have also included two new Open Option Grid decision aids, to use in the clinic visit when an Option Grid decision aid is not yet available for the health options being considered.

The book was written with busy clinicians in mind, and will provide all the information you need to quickly and easily get up to speed with Option Grid decision aids, use the tools in your daily practice, and meaningfully engage patients in important discussions about their health and care.

"Glyn Elwyn and Marie-Anne Durand have focused here on a key piece of the critically important practical challenge of making shared decision making easy in practice. This first edition of Option Grids: Health decisions made easier, offers clinicians and health systems a practical set of tools intended to accelerate progress toward widespread adoption of shared decision making in practice. The current health care system remains largely focused on delivering to patients what physicians think they need and want. Option Grids can help us make sure we focus on what patients really want, even when that's a cold shower on a hot day." -Elliott Fisher, Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

Introducing: Interactive Option Grid™ decision aids


May 2015

Until now, Option Grid™ decision aids have always been published as one-page PDFs. We are pleased to introduce a new way of using Option Grid™ decision aids: Interactive Option Grid™ decision aids.

Interactive Option Grid™ decision aids, which can be found at the home page of each tool, let you walk through the decision aid FAQ-by-FAQ. For each FAQ, you will have the chance to indicate which way you are leaning, as well as how important each FAQ is to you personally. The combination of options you click on and importance ratings you give produces a customized Option Grid™ decision aid as a PDF that you can print and discuss with your health professional or with loved ones.

We welcome feedback on your experience with the new feature.

Attending the ISDM/ISEHC Conference in Sydney?

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May 2015

The 2015 ISDM/ISEHC conference in Sydney, Australia in July 2015 will feature many opportunities to learn more about using Option Grids™ decision aids in clinical practice. Here's a sampling of what to expect:

"From Class to Clinic: Hands-On Shared Decision Making"

"Facilitating collaborative deliberation: On an Option Grid learning curve"

  • "Training clinicians to use an Option Grid to share decisions with women experiencing heavy periods"
  • "Disrupting established practice using Option Grids: towards shared decision making for neonatal circumcision"
  • "Evaluating the impact of using an Option Grid for osteoarthritis of the knee in an interface musculoskeletal clinic: a stepped wedge trial"
  • "Evaluating the use of an Option Grid for knee osteoarthritis from a patient perspective. Qualitative interviews from a stepped wedge implementation trial (TOGA Study)"
  • "On a learning curve: Interviews with clinicians using Option Grids to facilitate SDM with patients with osteoarthritis of the knee"

"A community-based participatory approach to developing an encounter tool for women of low socioeconomic status diagnosed with early stage breast cancer"

#patientpref Tweet Chat: Using Option Grids in clinical care


May 2015

On Friday, May 8 2015 Arianna Blaine MS (@AriannaBlaine), Program Manager for the International Option Grid Collaborative and Marie-Anne Durand BSc MSc MPhil PhD CPsychol (@MarieAnneDurand), Assistant Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, led a #patientpref Tweet Chat on Option Grids and their use in clinical care.

Topics discussed were:

T1 How familiar are you with #optiongrids? Have you heard of them? Used them?

T2 How can #optiongrids improve doctor/patient conversations?

T3 How can we raise awareness of #optiongrids?

To read the transcript, click here.