Advanced

Between Uncertainty and Certainty

Hoff, Lena LU and Hermerén, Göran LU (2011) In Journal of Clinical Ethics 22(2). p.139-150
Abstract
In this study, 10 hematologists and 10 lung oncologists were interviewed regarding the information they provide to patients in four situations of uncertainty: determining the treatment that is in the patient's best interest; recurrence or progression of the patient's disease; determining when to withdraw life-prolonging treatment; discussing death, addressing questions such as whether the patient will die from the disease, and when. The primary finding is that delivery of information to patients with low survival rates can be improved by more and better disclosure by physicians at an earlier stage. The crucial point for physicians is to ascertain the wishes of patients, to learn what to reveal about what patients should expect, short term... (More)
In this study, 10 hematologists and 10 lung oncologists were interviewed regarding the information they provide to patients in four situations of uncertainty: determining the treatment that is in the patient's best interest; recurrence or progression of the patient's disease; determining when to withdraw life-prolonging treatment; discussing death, addressing questions such as whether the patient will die from the disease, and when. The primary finding is that delivery of information to patients with low survival rates can be improved by more and better disclosure by physicians at an earlier stage. The crucial point for physicians is to ascertain the wishes of patients, to learn what to reveal about what patients should expect, short term and long term, as death approaches. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Journal of Clinical Ethics
volume
22
issue
2
pages
139 - 150
publisher
Journal of Clinical Ethics
external identifiers
  • wos:000293164800006
  • pmid:21837886
  • scopus:80052314486
ISSN
1046-7890
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
23739ca6-4290-4f02-96e7-a54afa3af033 (old id 2091580)
alternative location
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21837886?dopt=Abstract
date added to LUP
2011-09-02 08:34:01
date last changed
2017-01-01 05:42:52
@article{23739ca6-4290-4f02-96e7-a54afa3af033,
  abstract     = {In this study, 10 hematologists and 10 lung oncologists were interviewed regarding the information they provide to patients in four situations of uncertainty: determining the treatment that is in the patient's best interest; recurrence or progression of the patient's disease; determining when to withdraw life-prolonging treatment; discussing death, addressing questions such as whether the patient will die from the disease, and when. The primary finding is that delivery of information to patients with low survival rates can be improved by more and better disclosure by physicians at an earlier stage. The crucial point for physicians is to ascertain the wishes of patients, to learn what to reveal about what patients should expect, short term and long term, as death approaches.},
  author       = {Hoff, Lena and Hermerén, Göran},
  issn         = {1046-7890},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {139--150},
  publisher    = {Journal of Clinical Ethics},
  series       = {Journal of Clinical Ethics},
  title        = {Between Uncertainty and Certainty},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2011},
}