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Collaborative/active participation per se does not decrease anxiety in breast cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16799710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The information needs of breast cancer patients on their disease, its treatment, the prognosis, and their attitude to decision-making concerning treatment were assessed. One hundred and fifty early and 45 metastatic breast cancer patients were recruited into the study. The amount of information and role in the treatment decision-making process preferred by the patient were independently estimated by the patient and the oncologist, using questionnaires. Information was provided in accordance with the wishes of the patient as perceived by the physician. Test of anxiety was performed before, and one week after the consultation. Most of the patients claimed to anticipate the provision of extensive information and an active role in the decision-making, but real interest during the consultation was found less frequently. The post-consultation anxiety test revealed a significant decrease in situational anxiety; this was not related to the patient's information needs or her attitude to the decision-making concerning treatment. Our study demonstrates that a significant decrease in anxiety may be achieved via a consultation tailored to the needs of the patient. Loading the patient with information and involvement in the decision regarding therapy as much as the patient seems comfortable with lowers distress.
Zsuzsanna Kahán; Katalin Varga; Rita Dudás; Tibor Nyári; László Thurzó
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pathology oncology research : POR     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1219-4956     ISO Abbreviation:  Pathol. Oncol. Res.     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-26     Completed Date:  2006-09-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706087     Medline TA:  Pathol Oncol Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Oncotherapy, University of Szeged, Szeged, H-6720, Hungary.
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MeSH Terms
Access to Information / psychology
Aged, 80 and over
Anxiety / psychology*
Breast Neoplasms / psychology*,  therapy*
Decision Making
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Patient Care Planning
Patient Education as Topic*
Patient Participation / psychology*
Patient Satisfaction
Physician-Patient Relations

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