Objectives Prediction models may facilitate risk-based management of health care conditions. In a large cluster-randomized trial, presenting calculated risks of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) to physicians (assistive approach) increased risk-based management of PONV. This increase did not improve patient outcome - that is, PONV incidence. This prompted us to explore how prediction tools guide the decision-making process of physicians. Study Design and Setting Using mixed methods, we interviewed eight physicians to understand how predicted risks were perceived by the physicians and how they influenced decision making. Subsequently, all 57 physicians of the trial were surveyed for how the presented risks influenced their perceptions. Results Although the prediction tool made physicians more aware of PONV prevention, the physicians reported three barriers to use predicted risks in their decision making. PONV was not considered an outcome of utmost importance; decision making on PONV prophylaxis was mostly intuitive rather than risk based; prediction models do not weigh benefits and risks of prophylactic drugs. Conclusion Combining probabilistic output of the model with their clinical experience may be difficult for physicians, especially when their decision-making process is mostly intuitive. Adding recommendations to predicted risks (directive approach) was considered an important step to facilitate the uptake of a prediction tool.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.09.008, hdl.handle.net/1765/86399
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Department of Public Health

Kappen, T. H., Van Loon, K., Kappen, M. A. M., Van Wolfswinkel, L., Vergouwe, Y., van Klei, W., … Kalkman, C. (2016). Barriers and facilitators perceived by physicians when using prediction models in practice. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 70, 136–145. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.09.008