Study: Half of Surveyed Cancer Patients Report Communication Problems With Physicians

Share on Facebook
A survey of cancer patients suggests major communication barriers between cancer patients and their physicians, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

For the study, researchers conducted in-depth telephone interviews with 78 cancer patients. An analysis of these interviews showed more than a quarter (28 percent) experienced some kind of problem with their medical care, such as a delay in diagnosis of treatment. Nearly half (47 percent) reported a communication problem, and another quarter (24 percent) reported both medical and communication problems.

 

Sign up for our FREE E-Weekly for more coverage like this sent to your inbox!



Cancer patients perceived that these communication or medical shortcoming caused physical or emotional harm, financial struggles, damaged trust in physicians and more. Notably, the researchers found most patients did not report these concerns. The researchers suggest healthcare providers establish systems designed to encourage better reporting of adverse events and communication between physicians and cancer patients.

Related Articles on Adverse Events:

FDA Asked To Remove Diabetes Drug From Market
CMS Finds 28 Deficiencies With HUMC Transplant Program
ONC Kicks Off Developer Challenge for Adverse Event Reporting App

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2014. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

New From Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

7 ways to improve hand hygiene, from hospital managers

Read Now


Patient Safety Tools & Resources Database