Welcome to PADA

A Collaborative Platform for Authors of Healthcare Decision Aids

What is PADA and who is it for?

This technology platform provides resources for the development of decision aids that facilitate shared decision making between healthcare providers, patients, and their families.

PADA is aimed at authors of decision aids and healthcare organizations wishing to implement shared decision making.

What does PADA offer?

  • Ability to develop web-based patient decision aids at low cost
  • Evidence-based guidance for decision aid authors
  • Collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure decision aid relevance

Benefits for healthcare organizations

  • Facilitate shared decision making in your organization
  • Facilitate evidence-based care
  • Allow patients to share their experiences, to ensure optimal care
  • Support informed consent to care
  • Facilitate patient empowerment and boost care satisfaction
  • Save time: Create decision aids more quickly
  • Save money: Create high quality decision aids at low cost
  • Facilitate knowledge translation to patients, clients, and their families
  • Improve your team's knowledge about the process and standards to create decision aids
  • Train your teams in creating decision aids
  • Involve stakeholders in a meaningful way: Collect feedback and easily integrate changes in the decision aid
  • Facilitate teamwork among workers from various fields
  • Allow all team members to participate meaningfully in decision aid creation

Benefits for patients

  • Enjoy free access to patient decision aids for various health issues
  • Learn about the options available and their risks and benefits
  • Be involved in decisions concerning their own health and have a say in the decision being made
  • Prepare their next appointment with the healthcare provider and reduce their stress
  • Feel supported in making a health decision
  • Be more confident in the decision they take
  • Be more aware of the risks and uncertainties associated with a decision

What are PADA users saying?

"PADA will save time and resources. We didn't have a graphic designer to create our decision aid, so we had to use external graphic designers, which took a lot of time."

Key features

  • An open-access Catalog of Decision Aids for clinicians and patients
  • A Creation Area for the internal team to...
    1. Input text and image content, and visualize their integration as the decision aid is created in an interactive web-based version of the decision aid
    2. Collaborate and work simultaneously with multiple team members on the same decision aid
    3. Review the content against the IPDAS criteria and health literacy principles
    4. Access anonymized data on patient use of the decision aid to improve it
    5. Update the decision aid regularly
    6. Submit the decision aid to an advisory committee for feedback, and incorporate changes
  • A Revision Area for the advisory committee and users to review and comment on content

See how it works

1. Allow team members to access the different areas depending on their role

2. Add textual content and images to the decision aid

3. Visualize the decision aid as it is developed and collect feedback from potential users
(still under development)

4. Rate the compliance of your decision aid with the IPDAS criteria