Option Grids

Option Grids are brief tools to help patients take part in making decisions

The MAGIC team at Cardiff University have worked with clinical staff to develop tools to help patients engage in their care.

Part of this work has included the development of option grids which can be used during discussions on treatment options for certain diagnosis.

Here are links to the currently available option grids and to download a pdf of the Option Grid, click on the Option Grid title:

  • Amniocentesis – to help you and your clinician decide whether or not to have an amniocentesis test.
  • Angina – to help you and your clinician decide whether you should have a  mastectomy or a ‘lumpectomy with radiotherapy’
  • Breast cancer surgery – to help you and your clinician decide whether to have a mastectomy or to have a ‘lumpectomy with radiotherapy’.
  • Chronic kidney disease – to help you and your clinician choose the dialysis treatment that suits you best.
  • Crohn’s Disease Treatment– to help you and your clinician decide on the best initial treatment for your disease.
  • Dabigatran or warfarin for atrial fibrillation – to help you decide between dabigatran and warfarin to help prevent a stroke
  • Down’s Syndrome Screening – this screening test is optional. Only you can decide whether to have it done. This grid is a tool to help you decide.
  • Early cancer of the tonsil – to help you and your clinician choose between two treatment options for early cancer of the tonsil.
  • Early cancer of the vocal cords– to help you and your clinician choose between two treatment options for early cancer of the vocal cords.
  • Glue ear– to help you and your clinician decide what best to do to if your child has glue ear.
  • High cholesterol – to help you and your clinician decide what best to do to lower your cholesterol. #
  • Oophorectomy after the menopause – to help post-menopausal women decide whether to remove the ovaries to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Oophorectomy before the menopause – to help pre-menopausal women decide whether to remove the ovaries to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip – to help you and your clinician decide how to best manage your hip pain and activity level
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee – to help you and your clinician decide how best to manage your knee pain and activity level.
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Self Management– to help you manage the pain that is related to your knee joint.
  • Sciatica – to help you and your clinician decide how to treat your sciatica
  • Tonsillitus – to help you and your clinician decide whether or not your child (under 16) should have a tonsillectomy.
  • Valproate and possible pregnancy– Use this grid if you take sodium valproate for epilepsy (genetic or idiopathic generalised): you may want to change your medication if you might become pregnant. 

As part of their work in developing PDAs Totally Health will also be producing short form aids.

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