Sunday, October 24, 2010: 9:00 AM
Simcoe Room (Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel)
Course Type: Half Day
Course Level: Beginner

Format Requirements: The format will involve both didactic lecture and small group discussions. There are no prerequisites for the course. The intended audience includes researchers and practitioners interested in designing patient decision aids.

Background: Once you have established the need for a particular patient decision aid, how do you go about designing one?

Description and Objectives: This is an introductory course that will provide a basic framework to guide both pre-design planning and a systematic design strategy.  Pre-design planning includes setting objectives for the decision aid and how each will be evaluated. Design steps include deciding on what medium to use, what components to include in the aid, what information to include, and how to present it. Research evidence that helps designers meet their objectives will be provided and gaps in research will be identified.  Existing guidebooks and the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) will be discussed.

Objectives:  By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Understand basic steps to consider when designing patient decision aids
  2. Appreciate important evidence related to the various steps and have a resource to consult for further information.
  3. Appreciate issues that remain controversial and where further evidence is required. 
Course Director:
Deb Feldman-Stewart, PhD
Course Faculty:
Arwen H. Pieterse, PhD