TITLE

Information needs and awareness of diagnosis in patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy: a report from Greece

AUTHOR(S)
Iconomou, Gregoris; Viha, Anna; Koutra, Angelos; Vagenakis, Apostolos G; Kalofonos, Haralabos P
PUB. DATE
July 2002
SOURCE
Palliative Medicine;Jul2002, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p315
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study assessed the information needs of Greek cancer patients and examined whether awareness of diagnosis had any impact on patients. One hundred patients were interviewed about overall and specific information needs, satisfaction, emotional distress, and quality of life. Patients exhibited a great desire for information overall. The need to have more information was high especially regarding the aftermath of chemotherapy, prognosis, how chemotherapy worked, and diagnosis. Patients were more satisfied with care but less satisfied with the information received. Only 37% knew they had cancer, especially the younger, the better educated, and those with breast cancer. Awareness was not related to satisfaction, emotional distress, or quality of life. Our findings suggest that Greek cancer patients need more factual information about their condition and management. Greek oncologists may feel freer to inform their patients about the diagnosis and other issues following their judgement, rather than employing the policy of concealing the truth.
ACCESSION #
6978406

 

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