Option Grid™ decision aids

Optimize shared decision making with patient-specific decision aids.

Option Grid decision aids are brief, easy-to-read tools that help patients and providers compare healthcare options. The content is created based on the questions patients most frequently ask when they need to make preference-sensitive decisions. Providers can select two to three options to compare and, for select topics, fill in patient-specific data to customize the grid.

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Benefit Breakdown

Empowers Patients: Helps patients share what matters most to them

Easy to Read: Uses patient-friendly language

Evidence-Based: Uses highest quality clinical evidence available

Patient-Tested: Co-developed with patients to make sure the patient voice is heard

Trustworthy: Developed without conflicts of interest

Simple to Use: Can be used in clinical visits without adding extra time

Meets Requirements: Meets all shared decision making policy requirements and incentives


  • Customize content based on patient demographics
  • Choose options to compare and a customized decision aid is dynamically created
  • Print or email to patients
  • Copy and paste into the EMR
  • Available in UK and US English

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Research indicates that Option Grid decision aids:

Facilitate shared decision making in clinical encounters.
Appear to have minimal effect on encounter length.
Lead to increases in patient knowledge.

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Online, Interactive Option Grid Patient Decision Aids and their Effect on User Preferences. Scalia P, Durand M.A, Kremer J, et al. Medical Decision Making (2017). doi:10.1177/0272989X17734538 

Supporting Shared Decision-making for Children's Complex Behavioral Problems: Development and User Testing of an Option Grid™ Decision Aid ― Barnett ER, Boucher EA, Daviss WB, et al. Community Mental Health J (2017). doi:10.1007/z10597-017-0136-5

Working with interpreters: the challenges of introducing Option Grid™ patient decision aids. ― Wood F, Phillips K, Edwards A, Elwyn G. Patient Educ Couns. 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.09.016

Trustworthy patient decision aids: a qualitative analysis addressing the risk of competing interests. ― Elwyn G, Dannenberg M, Blaine A, et al. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e012562. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2016- 012562 

Much clearer with pictures: using community-based participatory research to design and test a Picture Option Grid for underserved patients with breast cancer. ― Durand MA, Alam S, Grande SW, Elwyn G. BMJ Open. 2016:6(2) DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010008

Shared Decision Making: A Model for Clinical Practice. ― Elwyn G, Frosch D, Thomson R, Joseph-Williams N, Lloyd A, Kinnersley P, Cording E, Tomson D, Dodd C, Rollnick S, Edwards A, Barry M. J Gen Intern Med. 2012:27(10);1361-1367. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2077-6

Shared decision making in a multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team: a case study of developing Option Grids. ― Elwyn G, Lloyd A, Joseph-Williams A, Beasley A, Tomkinson A. The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2012:2(3):421-426. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v2i3.262.

Option Grids: Shared decision making made easier. ― Elwyn G, Lloyd A, Joseph-Williams N, Cording E, Thomson R, Durand MA, Edwards A. Patient Education and Counseling. 2013:90(2);207–212. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.06.036

Supporting shared decision making using an Option Grid for osteoarthritis of the knee in an interface musculoskeletal clinic: a stepped wedge trial. ― Elwyn G, Pickles T, Edwards A, Kinsey K, Brain K, Newcombe RG, Firth J, Marrin K, Nye A, Wood F. Patient Education and Counseling. 2016:99(4);571-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.10.011

Using Option Grids: steps toward shared decision-making for neonatal circumcision. ― Fay M, Grande SW, Donnelly K, Elwyn G. Patient Education and Counseling. 2015:In Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.025

Option grids: an idea whose time has come? ―Greenhalgh T. The British Journal of General Practice. 2013:63(608);147. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp13X664315.

Patchy 'coherence': using normalization process theory to evaluate a multi-faceted shared decision making implementation program (MAGIC). ―Lloyd A, Joseph-Williams N, Edwards A, Rix A, Elwyn G. Implementation Science. 2013:8;102. DOI:10.1186/1748-5908-8-102.

Fast and frugal tools for shared decision-making: How to develop Option Grids. ― Marrin K, Brain K, Durand M-A, Edwards A, Lloyd A, Thomas C, Elwyn G. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. 2013:1(1);240-245. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v1i1.657

Option Grids to facilitate shared decision making for patients with Osteoarthritis of the knee: protocol for a single site, efficacy trial. ― Marrin K, Wood F, Firth J, Kinsey K, Edwards A, Brain K E, … Elwyn G. BMC Health Services Research. 2014:14(1),160. DOI:10.1186/1472-6963-14-160

Shared decision-making in epilepsy management. ― Pickrell WO, Elwyn G, Smith PE. Epilepsy Behavior. 2015:S1525-5050(15)00040-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.01.033

Clinicians' perceptions of digital vs. paper-based decision support interventions. ― Politi MC, Adsul P, Kuzemchak MD, Zeuner R, Frosch DL. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015:21;175-179. DOI: 10.1111/jep.12269

Using an Option Grid in shared decision making. ― Seal RP, Kynaston J, Elwyn G, Smith PEM. Practical Neurology. 2014:14:54-56. DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2013-000806

Shared decision making: really putting patients at the centre of healthcare. ― Stiggelbout AM, Van der Weijden T, De Wit MPT, Frosch D, Légaré F, Montori VM, Trevena L, Elwyn G. BMJ. 2012:344:e256. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e256

Assessing Option Grid® practicability and feasibility for facilitating shared decision making: An exploratory study. ― Tsulukidze M, Grande SW, Gionfriddo MR. Patient Education and Counseling. 2015:In Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.03.013

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