'They leave at least believing they had a part in the discussion': Understanding decision aid use and patient-clinician decision-making through qualitative research

Kristina Tiedje, Nathan D. Shippee, Anna M. Johnson, Priscilla M. Flynn, Dawn M. Finnie, Juliette T. Liesinger, Carl R. May, Marianne E. Olson, Jennifer L. Ridgeway, Nilay D. Shah, Barbara P. Yawn, Victor M. Montori

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Abstract

Objective: This study explores how patient decision aids (DAs) for antihyperglycemic agents and statins, designed for use during clinical consultations, are embedded into practice, examining how patients and clinicians understand and experience DAs in primary care visits. Methods: We conducted semistructured in-depth interviews with patients ( n= 22) and primary care clinicians ( n= 19), and videorecorded consultations ( n= 44). Two researchers coded all transcripts. Inductive analyses guided by grounded theory led to the identification of themes. Video and interview data were compared and organized by themes. Results: DAs used during consultations became flexible artifacts, incorporated into existing decision making roles for clinicians (experts, authority figures, persuaders, advisors) and patients (drivers of healthcare, learners, partners). DAs were applied to different decision making steps (deliberation, bargaining, convincing, case assessment), and introduced into an existing knowledge context (participants' literacy regarding shared decision-making (SDM) and DAs). Conclusion: DAs' flexible use during consultations effectively provided space for discussion, even when SDM was not achieved. DAs can be used within any decision-making model. Practice implications: Clinician training in DA use and SDM practice may be needed to facilitate DA implementation and promote more ideal-type forms of sharing in decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume93
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Decision aids
  • Provider-patient communication
  • Shared decision making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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