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Improve patient-clinician communication

SIRIC team
01/23/2019
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A particularly sensitive aspect of treatment resistance in all pathologies
Consultation patient à l'Institut Curie

Different patients with different needs

Announcing treatment resistance, explaining complex results and alternative therapies, choosing the optimal treatment and sharing decisions with patients can be particularly complex for clinicians. On the other hand, in the same situation, patients and their loved ones must confront incertitude and often require emotional support from their clinicians.

Patients often express very different needs in terms of information and desire to participate in therapeutic decisions. However recent studies suggest that the quality of care and patient outcomes, such as psychosocial wellbeing, are better when clinicians understand and adapt constructively to patient preferences.

New tools to better adapt to expectations

A Brédart, S Dolbeault

Interviewing patients to find out their needs in terms of information and desire to be involved in therapeutic decision-making could enable clinicians to adapt their communication in this particularly difficult Background.

We propose establishing structured lists of pre-formulated questions allowing patients to indicate information that they wish to have during the consultation. These lists are elaborated according to precise and rigorous research techniques in human and social sciences. Semi-structured interviews are carried out with patient representatives and teams of clinicians and researchers before being tested in a medical context.

This research project is conducted in parallel on the 3 SIRIC pathologies: breast cancers, pediatric cancers and uveal melanoma.