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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25973

Title: Cancer patients: their desire for information and participation in treatment decisions
Authors: Sutherland, H. J.
Llewellyn-Thomas, H. A.
Lockwood, G. A.
Tritchler, D. L.
Till, J. E.
Keywords: information-seeking
decision-making
preferences
bioethics
Issue Date: May-1989
Publisher: The Royal Society of Medicine
Citation: SUTHERLAND HJ, LLEWELLYNTHOMAS HA, LOCKWOOD GA, TRITCHLER DL, TILL JE. Cancer-patients - their desire for information and participation in treatment decisions. J R Soc Med. 1989 MAY;82(5):260-3.
Series/Report no.: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Vol. 82 No. 5
Abstract: The relationship between cancer patients' desire for information and their preference for participation in decision making has been examined. Approximately 77% of the 52 patients reported that they had participated in decision making to the extent that they wished, while most of the remaining 23% would have preferred an opportunity to have greater input. Although many of the patients actively sought information, a majority preferred the physician to assume the role of the primary decision maker. Ethically, the disclosure of information has been assumed to be necessary for autonomous decision making. Nevertheless, the results of this study indicate that patients may actively seek information to satisfy an as yet unidentified aspect of psychological autonomy that does not necessarily include participation in decision making.
Description: Archived with permission from the Royal Society of Medicine. This article was originally published in Volume 82 Issue 5 of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. All copyright belongs to the Royal Society of Medicine.
URI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1292127/?page=1
http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25973
ISSN: 0141-0768/89/
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