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Breast. 2013 Aug;22(4):548-54. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2012.10.001. Epub 2012 Oct 27.

A survey of breast cancer physicians regarding patient involvement in breast cancer treatment decisions.

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Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 W. 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, United States. gah28@columbia.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Shared breast cancer treatment decision-making between patients and physicians increases patient treatment satisfaction and compliance and is influenced by physician-related factors. Attitudes and behaviors about patient involvement in breast cancer treatment decisions and treatment-related communication were assessed by specialty among breast cancer physicians of women enrolled in the Breast Cancer Quality of Care Study (BQUAL).

RESULTS:

Of 275 BQUAL physicians identified, 50.0% responded to the survey. Most physicians spend 46-60 min with the patient during the initial consult visit and 51.5% report that the treatment decision is made in one visit. Oncologists spend more time with new breast cancer patients during the initial consult (p = 0.021), and find it more difficult to handle their own feelings than breast surgeons (p = <0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Breast surgeons and oncologists share similar attitudes and behaviors related to patient involvement in treatment decision-making, yet oncologists report more difficulty managing their own feelings during the decision-making process.

PMID:
23107518
PMCID:
PMC3640652
DOI:
10.1016/j.breast.2012.10.001
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