Promoting decision aid use in primary care using a staff member for delivery

Kylee M. Miller, Alison Brenner, Jennifer M. Griffith, Michael P. Pignone, Carmen L. Lewis

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Objective: To determine the feasibility and effectiveness of in-clinic decision aid distribution using a care assistant. Methods: We identified potentially eligible patients scheduled for upcoming appointments in our General Internal Medicine Clinic (n= 1229). Patients were deemed eligible for two decision aids: prostate cancer screening and/or weight loss surgery. Patients were approached to view the decision aid in-clinic. Our primary measures were the proportion of decision aids distributed to eligible patients, and the proportion of decision aids viewed. Results: Among 913 patients who attended their scheduled appointments, 58% (n= 525) were approached and eligibility was assessed by the staff member. Among the 471 who remained eligible, 57% (n= 268) viewed at least a portion of the target decision aid. The mean viewing time for patients who watched less than the complete decision aid was 13. min. Conclusions: In clinic viewing of decision aids may be a feasible and effective distribution method in primary care. Practice implications: In clinic distribution requires an electronic health information system to identify potentially eligible patients, and a staff member dedicated to DA distribution. Brief decision aids (less than 10. min) are needed so patients can complete their use prior to the visit to facilitate patient-physician decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision making
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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