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Table 2 Physicians' perceptions of characteristics of the patient decision aids (n = 263)

From: Physicians' intentions and use of three patient decision aids

Characteristic Number indicating 4 or 5 on five-point agreement scale*
  Total Respirologists (COPD DA) Family Physicians (HRT DA) Geriatricians (Tube feeding DA) Chi-square p-value
...related to the development of the decision aids      
Description of risk/benefits of choices supported by evidence 236 (90%) 99 (88%) 80 (95%) 57 (85%) 0.102
Developers credible 233 (89%) 99 (88%) 76 (90%) 58 (87%) 0.752
Decision aid well developed 226 (86%) 88 (79%) 79 (94%) 59 (88%) 0.007
Decision aid not influenced by vested interests 154 (59%) 78 (70%) 35 (42%) 41 (61%) <0.0001
...related to the content and format of the decision aids      
Essential information for decision making provided 239 (91%) 98 (88%) 78 (93%) 63 (94%) 0.254
Well organized 234 (89%) 98 (88%) 79 (94%) 57 (85%) 0.175
Information on choices balanced 230 (87%) 92 (82%) 80 (95%) 58 (87%) 0.023
Evidence about choices presented in unbiased manner 227 (86%) 94 (84%) 74 (88%) 59 (88%) 0.626
Evidence presented reflects my understanding of the data 226 (86%) 92 (82%) 69 (82%) 65 (97%) 0.01
Presents probabilities of risk/benefits in understandable manner 223 (85%) 95 (85%) 70 (83%) 58 (87%) 0.86
Clearly describes treatment choices 221 (84%) 94 (84%) 74 (88%) 53 (79%) 0.325
Worksheet adds value to decision aid 202 (77%) 85 (76%) 66 (79%) 51 (76%) 0.897
Evidence presented is up-to-date 197 (75%) 88 (79%) 47 (56%) 62 (93%) <0.0001
Combination of workbook and tape good 196 (75%) 86 (77%) 63 (75%) 47 (70%) 0.61
... related to the decision aid meeting patients' needs      
Helps patients understand risk/benefits of treatment choices 228 (87%) 95 (85%) 73 (87%) 60 (90%) 0.664
Allows patients to participate as they wish in decision making process 217 (83%) 92 (82%) 73 (87%) 52 (78%) 0.325
Guides patients through decision making in logical fashion 216 (82%) 93 (83%) 68 (81%) 55 (82%) 0.931
Helps prepare patients for decision making 216 (82%) 89 (79%) 71 (85%) 56 (84%) 0.617
Will be acceptable to patients 214 (81%) 84 (75%) 71 (85%) 59 (88%) 0.063
Helps patients in reaching a decision 211 (80%) 87 (78%) 71 (85%) 53 (79%) 0.475
Will improve patients' decision making 207 (79%) 88 (79%) 70 (83%) 49 (73%) 0.314
Will produce greater good than harm 204 (78%) 88 (79%) 62 (74%) 54 (81%) 0.577
Apply to sizable proportion of patients 178 (68%) 81 (72%) 54 (64%) 43 (64%) 0.383
Will be simple to use 168 (64%) 77 (69%) 51 (61%) 40 (60%) 0.364
Decision aid provides information that is not too complex for patients 143 (54%) 73 (65%) 36 (43%) 34 (51%) 0.006
... related to physicians' clinical practice      
Compatible with how I think patients should be informed about choices 219 (83%) 90 (80%) 71 (85%) 58 (87%) 0.522
Will complement my usual approach 208 (79%) 88 (79%) 64 (76%) 56 (84%) 0.532
Will be useful in my practice 188 (71%) 79 (71%) 58 (69%) 51 (76%) 0.606
Will improve my usual approach 179 (68%) 77 (69%) 58 (69%) 44 (66%) 0.888
Reliable tool for helping patients 173 (66%) 64 (57%) 67 (80%) 42 (63%) 0.004
Will help me understand issues important to patient 167 (63%) 80 (71%) 52 (62%) 35 (52%) 0.033
Will help me tailor counselling to patients' needs 162 (62%) 74 (66%) 50 (60%) 38 (57%) 0.412
Will be easy to use in my practice 160 (61%) 66 (59%) 48 (57%) 46 (69%) 0.305
Will positively affect my relationship with patients 154 (59%) 58 (52%) 55 (65%) 41 (61%) 0.138
Will not require major changes 152 (58%) 61 (54%) 44 (52%) 47 (70%) 0.058
Easy to experiment with before deciding to adopt 142 (54%) 52 (46%) 45 (54%) 45 (67%) 0.026
Will improve quality of patient visits 140 (53%) 56 (50%) 53 (63%) 31 (46%) 0.08
Will increase patient satisfaction with my care 140 (53%) 50 (45%) 55 (65%) 35 (52%) 0.015
Will not require reorganization of my practice 129 (49%) 55 (49%) 36 (43%) 38 (57%) 0.239
Would not be used if I am required to purchase it 122 (46%) 39 (35%) 58 (69%) 25 (37%) <0.0001
Will provide easily observable benefits for the patient 98 (37%) 37 (33%) 38 (45%) 23 (34%) 0.184
Likely to be used by most of my colleagues 85 (32%) 43 (38%) 17 (20%) 25 (37%) 0.016
Will save me time 70 (27%) 22 (20%) 27 (32%) 21 (31%) 0.088
  1. *On scale: 1 indicates strongly disagree; 5 indicates strongly agree
  2. Abbreviations: COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; DA = decision aid; HRT = hormone replacement therapy