Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

This article originally appeared here.
Research Measures Perceptions of Physician Compassion
Research Measures Perceptions of Physician Compassion

(HealthDay News) -- Patients prefer physicians who convey a more optimistic message, and perceive in them a higher level of compassion, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in JAMA Oncology.

Kimberson Tanco, M.D., from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and colleagues compared patients' perceptions of physician compassion after watching video vignettes of two physicians conveying a more optimistic and less optimistic message. One hundred patients with advanced cancer were randomly allocated to observe two standardized videos depicting a physician discussing treatment information with a patient with advanced cancer. Both physicians made five empathetic statements and displayed identical posture.

The researchers found that patients reported significantly better physician compassion scores after watching the more optimistic video versus the less optimistic video (P < 0.001). There was a sequence effect, with the second video favored in both compassion scores and physician preference (both P < 0.001). Higher perception of compassion correlated with greater trust in the medical profession; the physician was ranked as trustworthy by 63 patients observing the more optimistic message versus 39 observing the less optimistic message (P = 0.03).

"More research is needed in structuring less optimistic message content to support health care professionals in delivering less optimistic news," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text
Editorial

Loading links....
You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings

GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION

Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs