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Shared decision making for men facing prostate cancer treatment: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Authors Martínez-González NA, Plate A, Markun S, Senn O, Rosemann T, Neuner-Jehle S

Received 18 January 2019

Accepted for publication 2 May 2019

Published 17 July 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1153—1174


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Nahara Anani Martínez-González, Andreas Plate, Stefan Markun, Oliver Senn, Thomas Rosemann, Stefan Neuner-Jehle

Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich and University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich CH-8091, Switzerland

Aims: To synthesize the empirical evidence on the effectiveness of shared decision making (SDM) compared to usual care for prostate cancer (PC) treatment.
Methods and results: A systematic review of academic (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CINHAL, PsychINFO, and Scopus) and grey (, WHO trial search, meta-Register ISRCTN, Google Scholar, opengrey, and literature, also identified from contacting authors and hand-searching bibliographies. We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs): 1) comparing SDM to usual care for decisions about PC treatment, 2) conducted in primary or specialized care, 3) fulfilling the key SDM features, and 4) reporting quantitative outcome data. Four RCTs from Canada (n=3) and the USA were included and comprised 1,065 randomized men, most (89.8%) of whom were in PC stage T1-T2. The studies reported 24 outcome measures. In 62.5% study estimates, SDM was similar to usual care at improving patient satisfaction and mood, and at reducing decisional conflict and decisional regret. In 37.5% study estimates, SDM significantly improved knowledge, perception of being informed and patient-perceived quality of life (QoL) at four weeks. There was a dearth of outcome data, particularly on the adherence to treatment and on patient-important and clinically relevant health outcomes such as symptoms and mortality.
Conclusion: SDM may positively influence men’s knowledge and may have a positive but short-term effect on patient-perceived QoL. The (long-term) effects of SDM on patient-related outcomes for decisions about PC treatment are unclear. Future research needs consensus about the interventions and outcomes needed to evaluate SDM and should address the absence of evidence on health outcomes.

Keywords: systematic review, shared decision making, prostate cancer, treatment, controlled clinical trials, urology

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