Shared decision-making in chronic kidney disease: A retrospection of recently initiated dialysis patients in Germany

Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Apr;99(4):562-570. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.10.014. Epub 2015 Oct 29.


Objective: To compare differences in shared decision-making (SDM) and treatment satisfaction (TS) between haemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients.

Methods: 6-24 months after initiation of dialysis, we surveyed 780 patients from throughout Germany (CORETH-project) regarding SDM, the reason for modality choice and TS. Data were compared between two age-, comorbidity-, education-, and employment status-matched groups (n=482).

Results: PD patients rated all aspects of SDM more positively than did HD patients (total score: MPD=84.6, SD=24.1 vs. MHD=61.9, SD=37.3; p≤0.0001). The highest difference occurred for the item "announcement of a necessary decision" (delta=1.3 points on a 6-point Likert-scale). PD patients indicated their desire for independence as a motivator for choosing PD (65%), whereas HD patients were subject to medical decisions (23%) or wanted to rely on medical support (20%). We found positive correlations between SDM and TS (0.16≤r≤0.48; p≤0.0001).

Conclusion: Our findings increase awareness of a participatory nephrological counseling-culture and imply that SDM can pave the way for quality of life and treatment success for dialysis patients.

Practice implications: Practitioners can facilitate SDM by screening patient preferences at an early stage, being aware of biases in consultation, using easy terminology and encouraging passive patients to participate in the choice.

Keywords: Dialysis modality choice; Heuristic decision-making; Patient participation; Peritoneal dialysis; Treatment satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Decision Making*
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / psychology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Peritoneal Dialysis*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / therapy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires