No time for reflection: Patient experiences with treatment-related decision-making in advanced prostate cancer

Mette Margrethe Løwe Netsey-Afedo*, Jette Ammentorp, Palle Jørn Sloth Osther, Regner Birkelund

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Background: The rationale of the study was the predominant understanding that patient involvement in treatment-related decision-making is essential and that communication with cancer patients can affect their quality of life, satisfaction with care, and psychosocial and medical outcomes positively. Aim: This study explored how patients with advanced prostate cancer experience the communication with health professionals and their experiences of how and by whom treatment-related decisions were made. Methods: A phenomenological-hermeneutic research design was applied, and data were collected using qualitative interviews supplemented with participant observations in a urological outpatient clinic at a regional hospital in Denmark. Thirteen patients participated. Data were analysed using Ricoeur’s theory of interpretation. Findings: The patients experienced the course as being routine and that decisions related to treatment were made in advance. Three themes were identified: (1) Fast track diagnosing and treatment, (2) Off course I should have this treatment, and (3) They don't ask about existential issues. Conclusion: The study concluded that patients experienced communication primarily revolved around disease- and treatment-related issues and that it was characterised as efficient and straightforward, but insufficient. The patients experienced that the doctors made treatment-related decisions without involving them.

TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)880-888
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2020

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