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Table 2 Patient and surgeon treatment preferences for different patient groups

From: The impact of surgeon and patient treatment preferences in an orthopaedic trauma surgery trial

  Surgeon preferences, n (%) Patient preferences, n (%) Agreed treatment, n (%)
Patient group Total n Quest1 Surgery Not surgery Uncertain Missing Quest1 Surgery Not surgery No preference Missing Quest1 Surgery Not surgery Missing
Excluded (total) 687 a 232 (34%) 384 (56%) 71 (10%)
Excluded based on lack of equipoise 117 a 41 (35%) 58 (50%) 18 (15%)
Non-consenting 313 b 66 (21%) 105 (34%) 118 (38%) 24 (8%) c 55 (18%) 226 (72%) 23 (7%) 9 (3%) d 60 (19%) 242 (77%) 11 (4%)
Randomised 250 e 72 (29%) 60 (24%) 115 (46%) 3 (1%) f 125 (50%) 125 (50%) 0 (0%)
Followed up at 2 years 218 g 86 (39%) 70 (32%) 54 (25%) 8 (4%)
  1. 1Key to wording of questions on Case Report Forms (CRFs):
  2. a ‘What treatment would you advise for this patient?’ (Eligibility CRF)
  3. b ‘Which treatment do you as the clinician advise the patient to have?’ (Consent Status CRF)
  4. c ‘Does the patient express any treatment preference?’ (Consent Status CRF)
  5. d ‘What is the agreed treatment for this patient?’ (Consent Status CRF)
  6. e ‘In consenting for this trial, you have accepted that whether you get surgery or no surgery is left to chance. However, we would like to know if you had a preference before you agreed to this?’ (Baseline CRF)
  7. f Agreed treatment as per randomisation
  8. g ‘Based upon your experiences of the treatment that you received as part of this trial, if you injured your shoulder today to the same extent as you did 2 years ago, which treatment would you prefer?’ (2-year Follow-up Patient CRF)