PCI Choice: Cardiovascular clinicians’ perceptions of shared decision making in stable coronary artery disease

Megan Coylewright, Elizabeth S. O'Neill, Sara Dick, Stuart W. Grande

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Objective Describe cardiovascular clinicians’ perceptions of Shared Decision Making following use of a decision aid (DA) for stable coronary artery disease (CAD) “PCI Choice”, in a randomized controlled trial. Methods We conducted a semi-structured qualitative interview study with cardiologists and physician extenders (n = 13) after using PCI Choice in practice. Interviews were transcribed then coded. Codes were organized into salient themes. Final themes were determined by consensus with all authors. Results Most clinicians (70%) had no prior knowledge of SDM or DAs. Mixed views about the role of the DA in the visit were related to misconceptions of how patient education differed from SDM. Qualitative assessment of clinician perceptions generated three themes: 1) Gaps exist in clinician knowledge around SDM; 2) Clinicians are often uncomfortable with modifying baseline practice; and 3) Clinicians express interest in using DAs after initial exposure within a research setting. Conclusions Use of DAs by clinicians during clinic visits may improve understanding of SDM. Initial use is marked by a reluctance to modify established practice patterns. Practice implications As clinicians explore new approaches to benefit their patients, there is an opportunity for DAs that provide clinician instruction on core elements of SDM to lead to enhanced SDM in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1136-1143
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Decision aid
  • Patient preference
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Shared decision making
  • Stable angina
  • Stable coronary artery disease


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