About This Study


The research team behind Show Me PAD developed this website and other materials to help educate people diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who experience mild to severe claudication (pain in the legs while walking) about the treatment options available.

The goal of our work is to make information about peripheral artery disease (PAD) more available for patients. Informed patients can engage in shared decision making about their treatment options with their providers.

We took a patient-centered approach to our research. To do this, we conducted focus groups, analyzed patient data, worked with providers, and most importantly, talked with patients.



This decision aid was developed by Dr. Kim Smolderen’s multidisciplinary research team at the University of Missouri Kansas City and the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and their external collaborators. Input from patients, interventional cardiologists, general cardiologists, internal medicine specialists, nurses, decision scientists, vascular surgeons, vascular medicine specialists, and experts with a background in public health, biology, exercise physiology, wound care and family medicine contributed to the development of this tool.

For more information or to connect with the research team, contact Dr. Kim Smolderen.

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