Journal article

Masculinities and Patient Perspectives of Communication About Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

Lawrence W Mroz, John L Oliffe, B Joyce Davison



OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to describe connections between masculinities and patient perspectives of active surveillance (AS) related communication with male physicians. METHOD: An interpretive descriptive qualitative design was used to explore patient-physician communication from the perspectives of 25 men on AS. In-depth, semistructured interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and coded. Key concepts were described and a masculinities gender framework guided analyses of patients' perspectives. RESULTS: Patient-physician communication of diagnosis, treatment options, and specificities of AS featured prominently within participants' interviews. Most participants reported ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funds for this study were provided by the Communication Team of the Sociobehavioural Cancer Research Network of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Career support for John L. Oliffe was provided by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) scholar award. Sincere thanks are given to Tom Pickles from the British Columbia Cancer Agency for his contributions to this research project, Larry Goldenberg at the Vancouver Prostate Centre, and to the study participants who generously took the time to speak with us.