Physicians' perspectives on using a patient decision aid in female stress urinary incontinence

Maria B E Gerritse*, Carlijn F A Smeets, John P F A Heesakkers, Antoine L M Lagro-Janssen, C Huub van der Vaart, Marieke de Vries, Kirsten B Kluivers

*Corresponding author for this work

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INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: A treatment choice for female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is preference sensitive for both patients and physicians. Multiple treatment options are available, with none being superior to any other. The decision-making process can be supported by a patient decision aid (PDA). We aimed to assess physicians' perceptions concerning the use of a PDA.

METHODS: In a mixed methods study, urologists, gynecologists and general practitioners in the Netherlands were asked to fill out a web-based questionnaire. Questions were based on the Tailored Implementation for Chronic Diseases checklist using the following domains: guideline factors, individual health professional factors, professional interactions, incentives and resources, and capacity for organizational change. Participants were asked to grade statements using a five-point Likert scale and to answer open questions on facilitators of and barriers to implementation of a PDA. Outcomes of statement rating were quantitatively analyzed and thematic analysis was performed on the outcomes regarding facilitators and barriers.

RESULTS: The response rate was 11%, with a total of 120 participants completing the questionnaire. Ninety-two of the physicians (77%) would use a PDA in female SUI. Evidence-based and unbiased content, the ability to support shared decision making, and patient empowerment are identified as main facilitators. Barriers are the expected prolonged time investment and the possible difficulty using the PDA in less health-literate patient populations.

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of physicians would use a PDA for female SUI. We identified facilitators and barriers that can be used when developing and implementing such a PDA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1252
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number6
Early online date12 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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