Communicative processes and decision-making in relation to prostate cancer patients

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BACKGROUND: There are many benefits of involving patients in decision-making, including increased patient safety and improved health. Many patients with prostate cancer wish to be involved when making decisions in the course of their treatment. However, studies show that Patient Involvement and SDM is far from being something patients experience. For many men with prostate cancer the disease and its treatment have long-term, and often lifelong, serious physical and psychological consequences. Many patients experience a reduced quality of life. In relation to the significant side effects of treatment, it is essential to involve patients' preferences, needs and desires when making decisions during the course of their disease. Furthermore, it is important
that patients are adequately informed about treatment, side effects, and other specific issues important for the individual patient.
The aim of this project is to examine the processes of communication between prostate cancer patients and health professionals related to decision-making in the course of the patient’s treatment. Organizational possibilities and constraints related to the involvement will also be examined.
METHODS: Data will be collected through participant observation followed by qualitative interviews of 15 patients with prostate cancer, and of health professionals employed at a urological clinic involved in the treatment of patients. The project is carried out in the phenomenological-hermeneutic research tradition. Interpretation of data will be based on Ricoeur's theory
of interpretation, i.e. a naive interpretation, a structural analysis, and a critical interpretation. In addition to contributing with detailed knowledge about patient involvement related to prostate cancer patients, the project will provide the basis for a specific intervention study, including developing and testing decision aids for the use of both patients and health professionals. This could enhance focus on the person rather than the patient and contribute to a greater extent of involvement in decision-making.
Publikationsdato19 sep. 2016
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 19 sep. 2016
BegivenhedEuropean Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Symposium - København, Danmark
Varighed: 18 sep. 201620 sep. 2016


KonferenceEuropean Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Symposium


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