Informed choice about breast cancer prevention: randomized controlled trial of an online decision aid intervention

Ida Korfage, A Fuhrel-Forbis, PA Ubel, BJ Zikmund-Fisher, SM Greene, JB McClure, DM Smith, SH Alford, A Fagerlin

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Abstract

Introduction: Tamoxifen and raloxifene are chemopreventive drugs that can reduce women's relative risk of primary breast cancer by 50%; however, most women eligible for these drugs have chosen not to take them. The reasons for low uptake may be related to women's knowledge or attitudes towards the drugs. We aimed to examine the impact of an online breast cancer chemoprevention decision aid (DA) on informed intentions and decisions of women at high risk of breast cancer. Methods: We conducted a randomized clinical trial, assessing the effect of a DA about breast cancer chemoprevention on informed choices about chemoprevention. Women (n = 585), 46-to 74-years old old, completed online baseline, post-test, and three-month follow-up questionnaires. Participants were randomly assigned to either an intervention group, a standard control group that answered questions about chemoprevention at baseline, or a three-month control group that did not answer questions about Results: Analyses showed that more intervention than standard control participants (52.7% versus 5.9%) made informed decisions at post-test, P < 0.001. At the three-month follow-up, differences in rates of informed choice between intervention (16.9%) and both control groups (11.8% and 8.0%) were statistically non-significant, P = 0.067. Conclusions: The DA increased informed decision making about breast cancer chemoprevention, although the impact on knowledge diminished over time. This study was not designed to determine how much knowledge decision makers must retain over time. Examining informed decisions increases understanding of the impact of DAs. A standard for defining and measuring sufficient knowledge for informed decisions is needed.
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JournalBreast Cancer Research
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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