Assessment of decisional conflict about the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, comparing patients and physicians

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Background: As part of the process of developing a decision aid for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) according to the Ottawa Decision Support Framework, we were interested in the level of 'decisional conflict' of hand surgeons and patients with CTS. This study addresses the null hypothesis that there is no difference between surgeon and patient decisional conflict with respect to test and treatment options for CTS. Secondary analyses assess the impact of patient and physician demographics and the strength of the patient-physician relationship on decisional conflict. Methods: One-hundred-twenty-three observers of the Science of Variation Group (SOVG) and 84 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome completed a survey regarding the Decisional Conflict Scale. Patients also filled out the Pain Self-efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ) and the Patient Doctor Relationship Questionnaire (PDRQ-9). Results: On average, patients had significantly greater decision conflict and scored higher on most subscales of the decisional conflict scale than hand surgeons.Factors associated with greater decision conflict were specific hand surgeon, less self-efficacy (confidence that one can achieve one's goals in spite of pain), and higher PDRQ (relationship between patient and doctor). Surgeons from Europe have--on average--significantly more decision conflict than surgeons in the United States of America. Conclusions: Patients with CTS have more decision conflict than hand surgeons. Decision aids might help narrow this gap in decisional conflict.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hageman, MGJS; Bossen, JK; Neuhaus, V; Mudgal, CS; Ring, D; Joshua, AM; Adams, J; Arbelaez, GF; Aspard, T; Balfour, GW; Bamberger, BH; Romero, JCB; Baskies, M; Batson, AW; Baxamusa, T; De Bedout, R; Beldner, S; Benhaim, P; Benson, L; Boretto, JG; Boyer, M; Dee, GB; Calfee, RP; Zambrano, CGC; Cassidy, C; Catalano, L; Chivers, K; Costanzo, RM; Dantuluri, P; DeSilva, G; Dodds, S; Evans, JP; Escobar, LFN; Fernandes, CH; Fischer, TJ; Fischer, J; Fricker, RM; Frykman, GK; Garcia, AE; Gaston, GR; Giovanni Di, FJ; Goldfarb, CA; Grafe, MW; Grunwald, HW; Hammert, WC; Hauck, R; Hernandez, RG; Hofmeister, E; Hutchison, RL; Ilyas, A; Isaacs, J; Jacoby, SM; Jebson, P; Jones, CM; Jones, M; Kakar, S; Kalainov, DM; Thomas, KD; Kaplan, S; Katolik, L; Kennedy, SA; Kessler, MW; Kimball, HL; Kraan, GA; Martineau, PA; McAuliffe, J; McCabe, SJ; McKee, DM; Merrell, G; Metzger, C; Nancollas, M; Nelson, DL; Nyszkiewicz, R; Ortiz, JA; Owens, PW; Palmer, JM; Paz, L; Pess, GM; Polatsch, D; Frank Raia, J; Richard, MJ; Rizzo, M; Rozental, ; Ruchelsman, D; Semenkin, OM; Aguilar, JFS; Siff, T; Sodha, S; Spath, C; Spruijt, S; Stackhouse, TG; Swigart, C; Szabo, RM; Taras, J; Tavakolian, JD; Terrono, AL; Varecka, TF; Wahegaonkar, AL; Walsh, CJ; Walter, FL

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 150 - 155

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2345-461X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2345-4644

Citation Source

  • Scopus