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Table 5 Decision process by stage

From: Measuring decision quality: psychometric evaluation of a new instrument for breast cancer chemotherapy

Decision process question*, n (%) Stage I Stage II Total
Did any doctor tell you that having or not having chemotherapy was a choice for you?       
 Yes 169 (71.3) 80 (69.6) 249 (70.7)
 No 57 (24.1) 30 (26.1) 87 (24.7)
 I am not sure/missing 11 (5.1) 5 (4.3) 16 (4.8)
How much did doctors discuss the reasons to have chemotherapy?       
 A lot/some 139 (58.6) 97 (84.3) 236 (67.0)
 A little/not at all 80 (33.8) 13 (11.3) 93 (26.4)
 I am not sure/missing 18 (7.6) 5 (4.3) 23 (6.5)
How much did doctors discuss reasons not to have chemotherapy?       
 A lot/some 119 (50.2) 44 (38.3) 163 (46.3)
 A little/not at all 105 (44.3) 61 (53.0) 166 (47.2)
 I am not sure/missing 13 (5.5) 10 (8.6) 23 (6.6)
Did any doctor ask you whether you preferred to have chemotherapy?       
 Yes 105 (44.3) 46 (40.0) 151 (42.9)
 No 103 (43.5) 56 (48.7) 159 (45.2)
 I am not sure/missing 29 (12.6) 13 (11.3) 42 (12.2)
 Mean decision process score (SD)** 2.2 (1.4) 2.3 (1.2) 2.3 (1.3)
  1. *Questions have been shortened to fit this table.
  2. **Score reflects 1 point for each question answered with yes, a lot, or some (range 0 to 4).