publication . Article . Other literature type . 2001

Information needs of patients with cancer: results from a large study in UK cancer centres

Lesley Fallowfield;
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  • Published: 05 Jan 2001 Journal: British Journal of Cancer, volume 84, pages 48-51 (eissn: 1532-1827, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • Country: United Kingdom
As part of a multi-centred study evaluating a communication skills training model for clinicians, we collected information preferences using an adaptation of Cassileth's Information Needs questionnaire from a heterogeneous sample of 2331 patients. Results showed that 87% (2027) wanted all possible information, both good and bad news and 98% (2203) preferred to know whether or not their illness was cancer. Cross tabulation of responses revealed no significant differences in information preferences for tumour site or treatment aims but did show an effect of age and sex. The few 58/440 (13.2%) patients who stated that in general they preferred to leave disclosure o...
free text keywords: Regular Article, information needs, cancer, patients preferences
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