Patient decision aid

NICE guidelines give advice to healthcare professionals on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services. Individual people have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their treatment and care with their healthcare team. They should be given relevant information that explains the treatment and care in a way they can understand. For more information see the section about care in the NHS on the NICE website

This patient decision aid summarises information on the things people who are deciding on whether or not to take a as statin to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease most often want to think about and discuss with their healthcare team. It is intended to help a person making this decision weigh up the possible advantages and disadvantages of the different options.

Taking a statin to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: patient decision aid

A user guide, written primarily for health professionals, is also available. It explains how this patient decision aid was produced, including the sources of the information in it, and gives advice on how it might be used to explain the risks and benefits of taking a statin to people facing this choice.

Patient decision aid: user guide for healthcare professionals


This resource is an implementation tool and should be used alongside the published guidance. The information does not supersede or replace the guidance itself.

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This page was last updated: 26 November 2014