5 factors linked to decision regret

Decision regret among patients in primary care remains low but it does it exist.

To help with troubleshooting, here are some factors to consider:

Decision regret can arise when:

  1. Patients face several reasonable treatment options creating a context of uncertainty;
  2. They feel unsupported in the decision-making process;
  3. Preference-sensitive decisions have to be made;
  4. The patient is older (60-plus) and at greater risk of adverse outcomes; and
  5. The patient has a low education level and therefore low health literacy.

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