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Patient information about radiation therapy: a survey in Europe.
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PMID:  9165145     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We performed a survey to evaluate the present status and means of information given to patients treated by radiotherapy. A short questionnaire was sent, with the help of ESTRO, to 746 European heads of department with a request to send specific documents used for informing the patient. Within 2 months (March and April 1996) we received 290 answers (39%) and 97 centres sent documents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Analysis of the questionnaire and the documents was performed quantitatively with usual statistical methods and qualitatively with a socio-anthropological method of content analysis. RESULTS: Analysis of the questionnaire shows the major role of the radiation oncologist in giving information and writing documents. The 298 different samples sent from 97 centres represent a wide panel with a booklet of general information (59 booklets/57 centres), practical advice and specific explanations (177 documents/49 centres) and informed consent (36 documents/28 centres). The anthropological study was centred on the way information was given, evaluation of the patient's understanding and analysis of documents sent. CONCLUSION: This preliminary survey needs to be completed by a study, including the patient's point of view and needs, about the information given.
A Hubert; G Kantor; J M Dilhuydy; C Toulouse; C Germain; G Le Pollès; R Salamon; P Scalliet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0167-8140     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiother Oncol     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-10     Completed Date:  1997-07-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407192     Medline TA:  Radiother Oncol     Country:  IRELAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.
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