This project aims to use adaptive choice based conjoint (ACBC) analysis to elicit patients’ preferences for osteoarthritis (OA) medications. The project will assist in saving clinicians’ time by introducing the ACBC as a method for eliciting patients’ preferences prior to consultation. It also examines the application of ACBC as a method to facilitate the informed shared decision making between OA patients and their clinicians.
This is a study that complements previous studies conducted in the United Kingdom (UK). In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) setting, this study will use both Arabic and English versions of the ACBC questionnaire. ACBC is a computerized web-based interactive questionnaire that is instantly customised to elicit individual patients’ preferences. The main advantages of ACBC questionnaire are that it is user friendly, engaging, and spontaneously tailored for each individual patient preferences. This method of eliciting patients’ preferences could be a very useful tool for practitioners to involve their patients in the informed shared decision-making process of OA medication.
The patients in this study will be able to complete the ACBC questionnaire about OA medication preferences using any smart device (PC, tablet, smart phone, etc.). The data will then be analyzed for each individual patient and the clinician will be provided with a report detailing patients preferences. This report can also be kept in the patients file for future reviews. The patients and clinicians will provide feedback regarding the usefulness of the ACBC tool in the consultation and the convenience of this tool. This will help the research better understand the value and application of the ACBC tool.