BPO Surgical Decision AID
With so many BPO surgical options available to patients it can be difficult for them, and their urologists, to select the best treatment option based on the patient's expectations, whereas simultaneously taking into account the patient's prostate volume and other patient-related clinical factors mentioned within this review. Patient decision aids can be used to facilitate shared decision-making among patients facing important clinical decisions. Patient decision aids promote informed shared decision-making by providing background information related to the decision, presenting the available risks and benefits of the available treatment options, and providing patients with the opportunity to communicate their personal preferences. They have been shown to improve patient knowledge and activation, provide realistic expectations, and allow for reduced decisional conflict. The first decision aid created specifically for surgical BPO consultation is available on the Canadian Urological Association website (https://cua-bph-decision-aid.web.app). The decision-making process may be further streamlined with the integration of artificial intelligence.
Curr Opin Urol. 2022;32(1):102-108. © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.