Journal article

Patients' beliefs about cancer management

J Buchanan, R Borland, W Cosolo, R Millership, I Haines, A Zimet, J Zalcberg

Supportive Care in Cancer | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1996


The results of a questionnaire answered by 205 medical patients are reported (100 patients with cancer and 105 with other medical conditions). The questionnaire examined beliefs and preferences regarding various aspects of cancer, including expectations of medical management and treatment. The issues examined relate to beliefs and preferences about information giving, trust of doctors' control of decision making, expectations of help, expectations of treatment, the treatment of cancer pain including morphine use, and issues of terminal care. Some patients appear to hold the inconsistent beliefs that doctors should tell them all they want to know, but that doctors do not know a lot of what th..

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