Dartmouth Institute Receives $2M PCORI Award to Study Use of Decision Aids in Breast Cancer Treatment

A research team at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has received a $2 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a research project that is likely to change the way women and their doctors make decisions about breast cancer surgery. Led by Assistant Professor Marie-Anne Durand, PhD, the project will compare care that incorporates the use of two effective decision aids— an Option Grid™ and a Picture Option Grid™ — with usual care received by women newly diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (stages I to IIIA).

One in eight women will develop breast cancer. The diagnosis is traumatic and life-altering, and information about treatment options can be overwhelming and confusing, particularly for women of lower socio-economic status (SES) or health literacy.