Randomized controlled trial of a video decision support tool for cardiopulmonary resuscitation decision making in advanced cancer

Angelo E. Volandes, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Susan L. Mitchell, Areej El-Jawahri, Aretha Delight Davis, Michael J. Barry, Kevan L. Hartshorn, Vicki Ann Jackson, Muriel R. Gillick, Elizabeth S. Walker-Corkery, Yuchiao Chang, Lenny López, Margaret Kemeny, Linda Bulone, Eileen Mann, Sumi Misra, Matt Peachey, Elmer D. Abbo, April F. Eichler, Andrew S. EpsteinAriela Noy, Tomer T. Levin, Jennifer S. Temel

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Purpose: Decision making regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is challenging. This study examned the effect of a video decision support tool on CPR preferences among patients with advanced cancer. Patients and Methods: We performed a randomized controlled trial of 150 patients with advanced cancer from four oncology centers. Participants in the control arm (n = 80) listened to a verbal narrative describing CPR and the likelihood of successful resuscitation. Participants in the intervention arm (n = 70) istened to the identical narrative and viewed a 3-minute video depicting a patient on a ventilator and CPR being performed on a simulated patient. The primary outcome was participants' preference for or against CPR measured immediately after exposure to either modality. Secondary outcomes were participants' knowledge of CPR (score range of 0 to 4, with higher score indicating more knowledge) and comfort with video Results: The mean age of participants was 62 years (standard deviation, 11 years); 49% were women, 44% were African American or Latino, and 47% had lung or colon cancer. After the verbal narrative, in the control arm, 38 participants (48%) wanted CPR, 41 (51%) wanted no CPR, and one (1%) was uncertain. In contrast, in the intervention arm, 14 participants (20%) wanted CPR, 55 (79%) wanted no CPR, and 1 (1%) was uncertain (unadjusted odds ratio, 3.5; 95% CI, 1.7 to 7.2; P <.001). Mean knowledge scores were higher in the intervention arm than in the control arm (3.3 ± 1.0 v2.6 ± 1.3, respectively; P<.001), and 65 participants (93%) in the intervention arm were comfortable watching the video. Conclusion: Participants with advanced cancer who viewed a video of CPR were less likely to opt for CPR than those who listened to a verbal narrative

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-386
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2013


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