EBSCO Health Introduces Patient Decision Aids Product — Option Grid

~ Decision Aids Reinforce EBSCO Health’s Commitment to Advancing Evidence-Based Shared Decision Making ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 3, 2018 — EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical resource tools including DynaMed Plus® and Dynamic Health™, has announced the launch of a shared decision making product, Option Grid™ decision aids. The Option Grid concept was originally created by Professors Glyn Elwyn and Marie-Anne Durand in 2010 and supported by work and research done at Dartmouth College. EBSCO Health is working with Professors Elwyn and Durand to deliver a product that is accessible and, powered by DynaMed Plus, always aligned with the most recent evidence.

Patient decision aids are tools to help achieve shared decision making by enabling patients to understand and compare their healthcare options in the context of their personal preferences, and arrive at informed decisions. State and national efforts to require and incentivize shared decision making are underway, including legislative changes in Washington State that afford enhanced legal protection to physicians who use evidence-based patient decision aids.

Option Grid decision aids are interactive and personalized, enabling a tailored presentation of healthcare options that are most relevant to the patient. Brief enough to use during patient encounters, the decision aids provide evidence-based answers to questions that patients frequently ask and are designed to facilitate an informed dialogue between patients and clinicians. Now, under EBSCO Health’s editorial direction, Option Grid content is created using a rigorous editorial process that incorporates the most recent evidence, clinical expertise by editors that have no competing interests, and thorough literature searching, appraisal and synthesis. The content is easy to read, and patients are involved throughout the development process. The new decision aids in Option Grid offer unique features that can engage patients and their relatives or caregivers in meaningful ways, including:

  • Content produced by editors with no conflicts of interest
  • A development process that includes patients and patient panels reviews
  • Continuous content updating based on DynaMed Plus’ daily literature surveillance

EBSCO Health Senior Vice President of Medical Product Management Betsy Jones says Option Grid’s new decision aids will help ease concerns for both clinicians and patients as they work together to make positive healthcare decisions. “The costs of health care can be reduced when patients choose less risky operations, or use their medication more effectively. These aids were developed not only to address patient concerns, but also to reduce costs and provide cost savings when they matter most.”

Dr. Glyn Elwyn, BA MD MSc PhD, professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and co-founder of Option Grid, says the new decision aids were developed in response to patients looking to be more engaged in the decision-making process. “Shared decision making is a crucial step in the patient-clinician relationship that is often overlooked. These decision aids fill a critical need in healthcare and look to align the goals of care with the patient’s informed preferences.”

To find out more about EBSCO Health Option Grid decision aids, visit: https://health.ebsco.com/products/option-grid.

About EBSCO Health
EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include CINAHL®DynaMed Plus®Dynamic Health™, Nursing Reference Center Plus™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO Health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.


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Jessica Holmes
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