Publication Abstract

Authors: Hillyer GC, Hershman DL, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelblatt JS, Rana S, Neugut AI

Title: A survey of breast cancer physicians regarding patient involvement in breast cancer treatment decisions.

Journal: Breast 22(4):548-54

Date: 2013 Aug

Abstract: PURPOSE: Shared breast cancer treatment decision-making between patients and physicians increases patient treatment satisfaction and compliance and is influenced by physician-related factors. Attitudes and behaviors about patient involvement in breast cancer treatment decisions and treatment-related communication were assessed by specialty among breast cancer physicians of women enrolled in the Breast Cancer Quality of Care Study (BQUAL). RESULTS: Of 275 BQUAL physicians identified, 50.0% responded to the survey. Most physicians spend 46-60 min with the patient during the initial consult visit and 51.5% report that the treatment decision is made in one visit. Oncologists spend more time with new breast cancer patients during the initial consult (p = 0.021), and find it more difficult to handle their own feelings than breast surgeons (p = <0.001). CONCLUSION: Breast surgeons and oncologists share similar attitudes and behaviors related to patient involvement in treatment decision-making, yet oncologists report more difficulty managing their own feelings during the decision-making process.