Informing, communicating and sharing decisions with people who have cancer

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 32001000079
Authors' objectives:

This bulletin aims to summarise the available evidence on methods of informing, communicating and sharing decisions with people who have cancer.

Authors' recommendations: Current NHS policy emphasises the need for good communication between health rofessionals and patients. The most common complaints made by people with cancer are about poor ommunication and inadequate information. Patients cannot express informed preferences about their care, choose to be involved in decision-making, or indeed choose not to participate, unless they are given sufficient and appropriate information. Health professionals need to know how best to elicit patients' need and readiness for information as well as their desire for involvement in decision-making. Health professionals are likely to need training and support if patients' information needs are to be met. Key issues include: placing a higher priority on patient information; understanding patients' needs and preferences; and helping patients to access and understand relevant and appropriate information.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Communication
  • Neoplasms
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Truth Disclosure
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
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