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Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

About 20 percent of drugs considered important by physicians were not taken correctly by patients.

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

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Most patients with advanced cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival prognosis than their oncologists because patients misunderstand their oncologists' clinical judgment.

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Those with advanced disease are likely to be more optimistic than their oncologist regarding their prognosis.

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

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A substantial and independent association between individual provider, the treatment center, and type of breast surgery among elderly women with breast cancer suggests the presence of physician and institutional biases. That is the conclusion of a Medicare claims database review presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Patient Illness Understanding Is Influenced by Recent Prognosis and Life Expectancy Discussions With Oncology Clinicians

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Patients with advanced cancer have a better understanding of the terminal nature of their illnesses if they have had recent discussions with their oncologists about prognosis/life expectancy.

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

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Accepting the need for counseling or support services may be difficult for many patients. Clinicians need to be attuned to specific clues during a first contact to make an accurate initial assessment.

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Physician's expertise, time spent in exam room, and online access to info were key factors in trend.

Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment Information Inadequate for Most Men

Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment Information Inadequate for Most Men

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Important discussions about prostate cancer screening and treatment are not occurring between men and their health care team.

Discrepancies Exist Between Patient and Clinician Reports of Adjuvant Chemotherapy-related Adverse Effects

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Patient self-reports of adjuvant chemotherapy-related adverse effects are consistently higher in frequency and greater in severity than physician reports, according to a recent study.

Survey Shows Clinician Opinions on Timing of End-of-life Discussions for Patients With Blood Cancers

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In a survey on end-of-life (EOL) discussions, hematologic oncologists reported that these discussions with patients who have blood cancers occur too late, according to a recent report.

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

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Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

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Patients' constant proximity to nurses gives them opportunities and the ease of familiarity to ask difficult questions. When answering, nurses should remember that part of the answer is the patient's choice of who to ask.

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

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Age-related decline in older patients further complicates their ability to maintain an adequate health literacy level. This discussion presents key points to help nurses improve the health literacy of their older patients.

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

The American College of Physicians (ACP) Health and Public Policy Committee Responsible takes the position that telemedicine can be beneficial when a physician-patient relationship has been established.

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

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Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

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Approximately 97% of men with advanced prostate cancer report being comfortable discussing their symptoms with their health care team. But the number of men who actually do so is significantly lower.

Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care team

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A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

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Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Available mobile apps allow doctors to use HealthKit data and keep patient records up to date.

Implementing decision aids affects care decisions in urology

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Implementation of video-based decision aids for men lowered rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and decreased rates of active treatment for localized prostate cancer.

African American cancer patients' depression symptoms often under-recognized

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Depressed African American patients with cancer could be more accurately identified if the depression measures used are more culturally sensitive, according to a study.

Shared decision-making in cancer

Shared decision-making in cancer

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Oncology nurse navigator help patients and families understand treatment options and sort through how care decisions may impact their lives.

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message, research shows.

Physician-controlled decisions in cancer care linked to lower quality rating

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Patients who reported physician-controlled decisions about their cancer care, versus shared decision-making, were less likely to report receiving excellent quality of care, according to study results.

Clinically inappropriate patient demands of oncologists happen infrequently

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The actual number of unnecessary medical tests or treatments seems to be lower than that reported by physicians, according to a recent study.

High value intervention for communicating about end-of-life goals is released

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Physician-patient communication about goals of care is a low risk, high value intervention for patients with a life threatening illness, advised the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Tips to improve morale include relationship building with patients, being in a learning environment, and giving back to the community.

Tool developed to identify patients with limited cancer health literacy

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A first-of-its-kind tool has been developed that can accurately measure cancer health literacy (CHL) and quickly identify patients with limited CHL.

Cancer patients should mention dietary supplements to their doctors

Cancer patients should mention dietary supplements to their doctors

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Health care providers are often ill-informed as to the dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, that their cancer patients are taking.

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