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An overview and discussion of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's decision aid portfolio.

Gayer CC, Crowley MJ, Lawrence WF, Gierisch JM, Gaglio B, Williams JW, Myers ER, Kendrick A, Slutsky J, Sanders GD. An overview and discussion of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's decision aid portfolio. Journal of comparative effectiveness research. 2016 Jul 1; 5(4):407-15.

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Decision aids (DAs) help patients make informed healthcare decisions in a manner consistent with their values and preferences. Despite their promise, DAs developed with public research dollars are not being implemented and adopted in real-world patient care settings at a rate consistent with which they are being developed. To appraise the sum of the parts of the portfolio and create a strategic imperative surrounding future funding, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) tasked the Duke Evidence Synthesis Group with evaluating its DA portfolio. This paper describes PCORI's portfolio of DAs according to the Duke Evidence Synthesis Group's analysis in the context of PCORI's mission and the field of decision science. The results revealed a diversity within PCORI's portfolio of funded DA projects. Findings support the movement toward more rigorous DA development, assessment and maintenance. PCORI's funding priorities related to DAs are clarified and comparative questions of interest are posed.

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