Integrating Shared Decision Making into Trial Consent: A Nested, Cluster-Randomized Trial

Integrating Shared Decision Making into Trial Consent: A Nested, Cluster-Randomized Trial
Ellen A. Lipstein, Maggie Breslin, Cassandra M. Dodds, Michael D. Kappelman, Nicholas J. Ollberding, Peter Margolis, Yingying Xu, William B. Brinkman
Patient Education and Counseling, 25 December 2020
Using a nested, cluster-randomized trial, we tested the hypothesis that a shared decision-making intervention, as part of consent, would improve study-related knowledge.
We developed a shared decision-making intervention then randomized sites in a clinical trial to intervention or control (standard consent). We collected participants’ knowledge (primary outcome) and decisional support data. Other data came from a clinical registry and research coordinator surveys. We compared outcomes between study arms using generalized estimating equation models, accounting for clustering. We used qualitative description to understand variation in intervention use.
265 individuals, from 34 sites, enrolled in the parent trial during our study period. Of those, 241 participants completed our survey. There was no knowledge difference between arms (mean difference = 0.56 (95%CI: -3.8, 4.9)). Both groups had a considerable number of participants with misunderstandings. We also found no difference for decisional support (mean difference = 1.5 (95%CI: -1.8, 4.8)) or enrollment rate between arms. Clinician use of the intervention varied between sites.
We found no differences in outcomes but demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of incorporating a shared decision-making intervention into consent.
Practice implications
Future work should consider adapting our intervention to other trials and more robust measurement strategies.

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