Donation Education Completed In Doctor Encounters (DECIDE)

Primary Investigator: J. Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH

Project Coordinator: Project Coordinator: Cathy Sullivan, MS, RD, LD

Funding Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Research Associates:

The DECIDE study aims to determine the effects of an organ donation video and patient cueing on organ donation consent among patients meeting with their primary care provider.

Length of Project: February 2013-May 2014

Vital Statistics: Randomized controlled trial of 915 adult patients who had not previously consented to organ donation. The study was conducted in 18 primary care clinics within nine ambulatory centers of the MetroHealth System.

Outcomes to Date:

  1. Intervention patients were more likely than control patients to consent to donate organs 22% vs. 15% (OR 1.5, 95% CI 1.1 – 2.1)
  2. Intervention patients were more likely than control patients to have donation discussions with their provider 77% vs. 18% (OR 15.1, 95% CI 11 – 21)
  3. Interventions patients were similarly satisfied with the time they spent with their provider 83% vs. 86% (OR 0.87, 95% CI 0.6 – 1.2)