Publication Abstract

Authors: Elmore JG, Ganschow PS, Geller BM

Title: Communication between patients and providers and informed decision making.

Journal: J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010(41):204-9

Date: 2010

Abstract: Women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) need to comprehend the meaning of the diagnosis and the potential benefits and harms of treatment options. Full and understandable information is a requirement, not an option. However, with DCIS, as with many areas of medicine, a high level of uncertainty about the disease remains. In this article, we define informed medical decision making, review challenges to its implementation, and provide suggestions on how to improve communication with women about the diagnosis and treatment of DCIS.