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Int J Gen Med. 2011;4:481-6. doi: 10.2147/IJGM.S19609. Epub 2011 Jun 17.

Considering racial and ethnic preferences in communication and interactions among the patient, family member, and physician following diagnosis of localized prostate cancer: study of a US population.

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  • 1Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA;

Abstract

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American men. The multiple treatment options for localized prostate cancer and potential side effects can complicate the decision-making process. We describe the level of engagement and communication among the patient, family member, and physician (the decision-making "triad") in the decision process prior to treatment. Using the Family and Cancer Therapy Selection (FACTS) study baseline survey data, we note racial/ethnic variations in communication among the triad. Sensitivity to and awareness of decision-making styles of both the patient and their family member (or caregiver) may enable clinicians to positively influence communication exchanges about important clinical decisions.

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decision-making; ethnicity; treatment-related decisions

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21760749
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PMCID:
PMC3133516
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