• To explore recent research into patients with cancer and decision-making about treatment
• To enhance your understanding of how patients make decisions about treatment for cancer
• To increase your awareness of skills and tools that can support informed patient decision-making
Decision-making about cancer treatment relies on effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients. It is also a common point of communication breakdown. Nurses are expected to support patients in the decision-making process, but to do this they need to understand the factors that affect decision-making.
A review of the literature shows that there are a range of factors at play, including communication and information giving from healthcare professionals, the influence of children and relatives, patients’ hopes, and weighing the benefits of treatment against the risks of side effects. The findings reinforce the importance of nurses using effective communication skills and a person-centred approach to provide information on cancer treatment to patients, support them to understand that information and empower them to make informed decisions about treatment.
Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2021.e1769Peer review
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Hayter C, Andrewes T (2021) Factors affecting patients’ decision-making about treatment for cancer: a literature review. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2021.e1769
Published online: 16 June 2021
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