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J Cancer Educ. 2007 Winter;22(4):233-40.

An Internet method to assess cancer patient information needs and enhance doctor-patient communication: a pilot study.

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  • 1Fox Chase Cancer Center, Divisions of Population Science, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We previously reported that doctor-patient communication in the cancer context may be suboptimal. We therefore developed measures to assess patient communication preferences and established feasibility of an Internet-based intervention to improve communication.

METHODS:

Cancer patients completed an Internet-based survey about communication preferences, with a summary provided to the physician before the consultation. Patients completed a follow-up survey to assess consultation content and satisfaction.

RESULTS:

Study procedures were feasible, measures exhibited strong internal consistency, and patients expressed satisfaction with the intervention.

CONCLUSION:

The Internet offers an opportunity to assess patient preferences and prompt physicians about individual patient informational needs prior to the clinical encounter.

PMID:
18067435
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