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Are Patients Really Getting What They Want? The Routine Implementation of Decision Aids for Patients with Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis in the High Value Healthcare Collaborative and Alignment between Patient Treatment Choice and Receipt
  • Vanessa Hurley
Vanessa Hurley
Georgetown University

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Rationale, Aims and Objectives: Alignment between patients’ treatment choices and treatments received is acknowledged as an important outcome of shared decision-making (SDM), yet recent research suggests that patients’ choices do not always align with their actual treatment trajectories. This paper explores the alignment of patient-expressed treatment choices (for surgery or medical management) after exposure to decision aids and treatments received among patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis within High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) systems as the collaborative integrating decision aids intended to support SDM into routine clinical practice. Method: This retrospective cohort study examines data from adult (>18 years) patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis who received decision aids as part of orthopedic consultations within HVHC systems between 2012-2015. Multivariate logistic regression explored the association between patient-level characteristics with the odds of treatment choice-receipt alignment. Results: The majority of patients with knee osteoarthritis (68.3%) and hip osteoarthritis (71.9%) received treatments aligned with their choices following exposure to decision aids, but analyses reveal important differences in the odds of such alignment across patient characteristics. In adjusted models, African American patients with knee osteoarthritis had 50% lower odds of receiving treatment aligned with their choices compared with white patients (OR = 0.52, p<0.05). Medicare- or Medicaid-insured knee patients had 49% and 59% lower odds (respectively) of receiving choice-aligned treatments relative to privately insured patients. Patients with knee (OR = 0.40, p<0.01) or hip (OR = 0.75, p<0.05) osteoarthritis at earlier decision-making stages had lower odds of receiving treatments congruent with their choices. Conclusion: This work elucidates the odds of treatment choice-aligned care for patients within health care systems attempting to routinely integrate decision aids to support SDM into clinical practice and underscores the gaps in achieving this alignment among African American patients, those with public insurance and those at early decision-making stages.
23 Nov 2020Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
25 Nov 2020Submission Checks Completed
25 Nov 2020Assigned to Editor
03 Dec 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 Feb 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Feb 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
16 Mar 20211st Revision Received
17 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
17 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
26 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Accept