Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Support Care Cancer. 2012 Oct;20(10):2473-82. Epub 2012 Jan 15.

Changing preferences for information and participation in the last phase of life: a longitudinal study among newly diagnosed advanced lung cancer patients.

Author information

End-of-Life Care Research Group, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.



The objective is to explore changes over time in the information and participation preferences of newly diagnosed stage IIIb/IV non-small-cell lung cancer patients.


Patients were recruited by physicians in 13 hospitals and interviewed every 2 months until the fourth and every 4 months until the sixth interview.


Sixty-seven patients were interviewed three times. Over a period of 4 months from diagnosis, half of patients changed their information preferences for palliative care and end-of-life decisions with a possible or certain life-shortening effect (ELDs, e.g., non-treatment decisions) in both directions, from not wanting to wanting the information, but also--and as much--from wanting to no longer wanting it. The latter were more likely to be in a better physical condition. Preferences for participation in medical decision making also changed: 50% to 78%, depending on the type of decision (general, treatment, transfer or ELD), changed their preference towards wanting more or less participation. Pain seemed to be a trigger for patients wanting more involvement, which contrasts with studies suggesting that patients who are more ill tend to give up more control.


Doctors should regularly ask their advanced lung cancer patients how much information and participation they want because preferences do change in unexpected ways.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Springer
    Loading ...
    Support Center