SHAred DEcision making in Pelvic Organ Prolapse (SHADE-POP): Implementation is not as easy as it seems

L. E. Drost*, M. Stegeman, L. M. Mos, R. E. D. Lamers, N. P. M. Ezendam, M. B. E. Gerritse, A. H. D. M. Dam, M. Caroline Vos

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Despite the positive effects of decision aids (DAs), implementation remains a significant challenge. The aim of the current study was to determine what barriers clinicians experience using a DA for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). 


This study was conducted with a qualitative descriptive design including in-depth semi structured interviews according to COREQ-criteria. Participants included clinicians and patients. Grounded theory analysis was used to describe the main themes. 


A total of 9 clinicians and 4 patients participated. Four major themes (1) opinions about shared decision making (SDM), (2) current practice, (3) experience with the DA, (4) suggestions for improvement and one minor theme (5) experience with the study, emerged. Clinicians were predominantly positive about the DA. 


Despite the positive attitudes of the clinicians in this study, the implementation of a DA is still challenging. The DA is forgotten regularly as improvement of logistics is needed, clinicians assume they already provide good care which might result in a reluctance to change and more engagement of physicians is needed. 

Practice Implications: 

Regular contact with clinicians to remind, help and increase engagement and a decrease of the logistic burden is needed to ensure all patients can fully benefit of the DA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2004-2011
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Shared decision making
  • Decision aid
  • Patient preference


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