April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA116
Academic Journal
Consultations to convey a diagnosis of oesophagogastric cancer may be difficult and traumatic for patients and as many as 50 percent of patients are displeased with the information given to them by their doctors. This article cites a study conducted to assess the value of tape recording this consultation, to determine whether this might enhance patients' memory of key facts, and reduce anxiety before treatment. Results of the study suggest that all of the patients who listened to the tape found it helpful, and in broad terms, tape recorded interviews had a positive effect on the ability of patients and their families to participate in management decisions.


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