Frequently Asked Questions For Implementation

Our decision aids are flexible and designed to be adapted to best fit the structure of each individual program. It can be used as a self-directed resource for patients, viewed on their own time. A link to our website or a decision aid packet can be sent to the patient before their clinic visit. Or, our tools can be used to help guide conversations or teaching. Our decision aids fit seamlessly into already existing teaching sessions. In fact, clinicians have reported that it often saves them time with patients, leading to more direct, deeper conversations and accelerating teaching.

The first step to successful implementation is for a team champion (you!) to discuss the decision aid with the entire care team to obtain buy-in. Once the team is on board, determine who will be the best person to provide the tool to patients. Often, this is the clinic coordinator, who is likely already giving materials to patients and providing some education. How you use a decision aid will likely change over time as you learn what works best for your team.

I DECIDE: LVAD/ICD improves the decision-making process and decision quality for patients and their loved ones. If patients make more informed person-centered decisions, they are more likely to experience better outcomes. For those patients who are unsure about getting a device, allowing them to make an educated decision, even if it means declining the LVAD or ICD, will likely lead to better patient satisfaction and better care.

For programs interested in using our decision aids, we will provide 50 free copies to start. We also sell the materials at cost on our website, where they can be ordered in bulk. These packets come with a professionally printed brochure and DVD of the video, assembled together in a pocket folder. Please see contact information on our website order.

Many programs show our decision aid videos directly from our website using hospital computers or a patient’s own computer, tablet, or smartphone. If a hospital has a patient education channel, we will work with your institution to get the video uploaded to the channel for patient viewing. The DVD can also be used as a take-home resource for patients.

We allow programs to modify a cover page that  can include their logo and any program-specific information. Programs interested in modifying the materials must seek permission from us, including approval of any changes prior to use. Contact us if you’re if you’re interested in making modifications to the materials.

Yes, our decision aids are considered evidence-based tools for shared decision making discussions, and were in fact referenced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as good examples when the mandate took effect in October 2018. For more information on the mandate, please click here.

Each program will have its own best way of documenting, but here are some examples for EPIC and other EMRs. Click Here