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Table 3 Description of sections in the BEFORE (Begin Exploring Fertility Options, Risks, and Expectations) decision aid

From: The "Begin Exploring Fertility Options, Risks and Expectations" (BEFORE) decision aid: development and alpha testing of a fertility tool for premenopausal breast cancer patients

Sections Section Details
About the decision aid − Information on who the decision aid is for, what it includes, proper use, and that it does not replace medical information from health care providers
Background information − Concise information on breast cancer treatments/age-related fertility decline
− Potential fertility outcomes after treatment
− Frequently asked questions on fertility before cancer treatment
Fertility options before treatment − Information on the most common fertility options including an option grid comparing the different options
− Pregnancy success rates after treatment with the most common fertility options depicted using pictographs
− Frequently asked questions on the fertility options before treatment
Parenthood options after treatment − Information on parenthood options after treatment
− Frequently asked questions on the parenthood options
Timeline of your fertility options − Timeline of fertility options available during the care journey
Summary − One-page summary of key information in the decision aid
Fertility options exercise − Likert-scale explicit values clarification method with pre-listed values and blank spaces to add additional values
Questions − Explanation of the different health care providers’ roles
− List of 10 common questions for health care providers
What’s next − List of national resources for more information and support (e.g., financial support and peer to peer support)
Fertility after breast cancer − Information on life and fertility after breast cancer
− List of national resources for more information and support
List of terms − Definitions for medical terms used in the decision aid
Sources and recognition − Brief description of development team, conflicts of interest statement, funding information, and date of last update and future updates
− Reference list
Additional sections in online decision aid
PDF download − Downloadable paper decision aid (English or French)
Less common and experimental fertility options − Information on the less common and experimental fertility options including an option grid comparing the different options
Cost of fertility preservation by province − Drop-down list showing the funding and cost of fertility preservation by province/territory in Canada based on fertility clinic publically posted fees
Province/territory specific resources − Drop-down list of resources for more information by province/territory in Canada
Quiz myself section − Five questions for individuals to quiz themselves on the decision aid content and three summary questions to facilitate understanding of next steps
Interactive fertility options exercise and summary page − Explicit values clarification method that patients can complete and receive a printable summary page of their responses with the 10 common questions for health care providers to print and bring to appointments
Personal quotes − Quotes from breast cancer patients who experienced fertility decision-making before treatment
Full team member list − Full list of team members who developed the decision aid
Contact page − Individuals can ask questions or provide feedback to the development team