Comparing Digital vs Paper Decision Aids about the Use of Antipsychotic Medication: Client, Clinician, Caregiver and Administrator Perspectives

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Yaara Zisman-Ilani
Ksenia O Gorbenko
David Shern
Glyn Elwyn


Objective: Decision Aids (DAs) help patients participate in medical decisions. DAs can be in paper or digital format, but little is known about the readiness of people with psychosis to use digital technologies for decision-making in psychiatry. We evaluated attitudes and readiness for digital DAs among four stakeholder groups: people with psychosis, clinicians, caregivers, and administrators.Methods: Semi-structured interviews included 19 respondents: six people with a history of psychosis (clients), six clinicians, five caregivers, and two administrators. We recorded, transcribed, and coded interviews for themes using a qualitative inductive analytic process.Results: Our analysis revealed three key themes addressing readiness for involvement in an interactive digital decision-making: (1) preferences for paper DAs; (2) disadvantages of digital DAs (lack of computer skills, lack of access to digital devices, compounded by clients’ age and socioeconomic status); (3) advantages of digital DAs (accessibility to illiterate people or those with disabilities, decrease in cognitive burden).Conclusions: Our study suggests that the introduction of digital DAs into psychiatric medication consultations could be potentially well received. Appropriate training and access to digital devices may facilitate the adoption of digital DAs in mental health care. 

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