Journal article

Changing communication needs and preferences across the cancer care trajectory: insights from the patient perspective

Sally Thorne, T Gregory Hislop, Charmaine Kim-Sing, Valerie Oglov, John L Oliffe, Kelli I Stajduhar

SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER | SPRINGER | Published : 2014

Abstract

PURPOSE: In this program of research, we sought to expand our understanding of how cancer patients' communication needs and preferences change across the course of their illness trajectory. To address known limitations in the empirical knowledge base, we designed a study capitalizing on representative patient reports as they occurred within time and across experience obtaining care for this disease. METHODS: We used a longitudinal cohort design informed by interpretive description methodology to follow 125 patients over a multi-year period as they reflected on their ongoing experiences with cancer care communication. RESULTS: In relation to each phase of their cancer care trajectory, patient..

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