The Health Information Technology Studies (HITS) group has a new article out in the Journal of Health Communication. The article, “Framing the Clinical Encounter: Shared Decision-Making, Mammography Screening, and Decision Satisfaction” was published in October 2020.
The study examines whether physicians’ framing of clinical interactions is related to patient shared decision-making (SDM) satisfaction when using a clinical decision support tool (CDST) concerning mammographic screening. To answer this question, we combined (a) system log data from a CDST, (b) content coding of the physicians’ message framing while using the CDST, and (c) a post-visit patient survey to assess SDM satisfaction concerning screening mammography. Results suggest that two types of message frames — consequence frames and numerical frames — moderated the relationship of the CDST on SDM satisfaction. When the CDST displayed low risk of breast cancer for a patient, physicians were able to improve the cognitive aspects of SDM satisfaction by framing the consequences of mammography screening in positive terms. However, when the physician delivered the numerical information in relative, rather than absolute terms, the patient’s SDM satisfaction was reduced. Our study advances previous message framing effect research in health communication from experimental settings to clinical encounters. It also discusses the importance of delivering risk-congruent frames in clinical settings.”
Full Citation: “Framing the Clinical Encounter: Shared Decision-Making, Mammography Screening, and Decision Satisfaction,” Ellie F. Yang, Dhavan V. Shah, Elizabeth Burnside, Terry Little, Natalie Garino & Claire Elise Campbell, Journal of Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10810730. 2020.1838003
Access the article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10810730.2020.1838003