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Table 3 Patients’ answers to multiple choice questions in the qualitative interview

From: Shared decision making in pharmacotherapy decisions, perceived by patients with bipolar disorder

Question Answer
N %
1. How did you experience the communication concerning the decision making by your doctor in comparison with previous consultations?
 A. In this conversation I was more involved in the decision-making process than usually 12 16.2
 B. In this conversation I was less involved in the decision-making process than usually 1 1.4
 C. The doctor behaved in the same way as usually 61 82.4
2. Did you ever use decision aids to make a decision about your treatment? If yes: which decision aids did you use?a
 A. Yes 18 25.0
 B. No 54 75.0
3. Do you think you would benefit from different tools when making a decision about your treatment? E.g. on the internet, a flyer or an app. If yes, go to question 4. If no, go to question 6
 A. Yes 26 38.2
 B. No 42 61.8
4. In the previous question you indicated your need for decision aids. Which tools would you prefer? Multiple answers possible
 A. The pros and cons of each treatment 24 77.4
 B. The effects and side effects of each treatment 23 74.2
 C. Questions about your preferences which guide you to make a decision about your treatment 7 22.6
 D. A proposal of critical questions to ask your doctor for more information about the different treatment options 11 35.5
5. What kind of format would you prefer to present the above chosen aids?
 A. Folder 18 54.5
 B. Website 12 36.4
 C. An app for your smartphone 3 9.1
6. How important do you think it is that you and your doctor agree on the decision made? (on a scale from 0 to 5)
 0: Not important at all 0 0.0
 1: Mostly not important 1 1.9
 2: Partly not important 0 0.0
 3: Partly important 5 9.6
 4: Mostly important 13 25.0
 5: Very important 33 63.5
7. If you and your doctor have to make a decision, who makes the decision in the end?
 A. Your doctor 7 13.5
 B. You 11 21.2
 C. Both of you 34 65.4
8. If you and your doctor disagree about a decision, whose opinion do you eventually follow?
 A. The doctor’s opinion 25 52.1
 B. Your own opinion 23 47.9
  1. aPatients who did use decision aids before used mostly internet, books and advice from their social environment/support group