Background: Little is known about the impact of interventions to support shared decision making (SDM) with pediatric patients.
Objectives: To summarize the efficacy of SDM interventions in pediatrics on patient-centered outcomes.
Data sources: We searched Ovid Medline, Ovid Embase, Ovid Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Scopus, and Ovid PsycInfo from database inception to December 30, 2013, and performed an environmental scan.
Study eligibility criteria: We included interventions designed to engage pediatric patients, parents, or both in a medical decision, regardless of study design or reported outcomes.
Study appraisal and synthesis methods: We reviewed all studies in duplicate for inclusion, data extraction, and risk of bias assessment. Meta-analysis was performed on 3 outcomes: knowledge, decisional conflict, and satisfaction.
Results: Sixty-one citations describing 54 interventions met eligibility criteria. Fifteen studies reported outcomes such that they were eligible for inclusion in meta-analysis. Heterogeneity across studies was high. Meta-analysis revealed SDM interventions significantly improved knowledge (standardized mean difference [SMD] 1.21, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.26 to 2.17, P = .01) and reduced decisional conflict (SMD -1.20, 95% CI -2.01 to -0.40, P = .003). Interventions showed a nonsignificant trend toward increased satisfaction (SMD 0.37, 95% CI -0.04 to 0.78, P = .08).
Limitations: Included studies were heterogeneous in nature, including their conceptions of SDM.
Conclusions and implications of key findings: A limited evidence base suggests that pediatric SDM interventions improve knowledge and decisional conflict, but their impact on other outcomes is unclear.
Systematic review registration number: PROSPERO CRD42013004761 (http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42013004761).
Keywords: adolescent; child; child, preschool; decision aids; decision making; decision making, shared; decision support techniques; infant; infant, newborn; pediatrics.
Copyright © 2015 Academic Pediatric Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.