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Older Adult Perceptions of Shared Decisions in Colorectal Screening


The goal of this study is to understand how older and emerging-older adult patients and their physicians perceive shared decision-making (SDM), and how SDM, as perceived by patients, impacts adherence to recommended colorectal cancer screening.


Aim 1. Develop definitions of SDM from the perspectives of older adult patients, emerging-older adult patients, and primary care physicians.

Aim 2. Determine whether the occurrence of patient-defined SDM is associated with adherence to physician- recommended colorectal cancer screening.


Patients and primary care physicians from the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and audio-recordings of patient health examinations at the Henry Ford Health System. 

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