Research Study: Cancer Patients Prefer Care Plans with Their Input

JAMA Oncology recently published a new study that suggests cancer patients who allow their doctors to make every treatment decision are less likely to rate their care as excellent in comparison to those patients who actively participate in their medical decisions.

Dr. Kenneth Kehl in Texas conducted the study entitled “Association of Actual and Preferred Decision Roles with Patient-Reported Quality of Care.”

Dr. Kehl and his colleagues gathered data on over 5,300 patients with lung or colon cancer who took part in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium study. As part of the study, the patients reported their role in over 10,000 treatment decisions and offered their perception of the quality of their care and how well they communicated with their doctors.

Based on the data collected from the study, Dr. Kehl and his team concluded that shared-decision making may improve satisfaction with care for those patients who have preferences for physician-controlled medical decisions. The study did not answer whether shared decision-making could improve the medical care received.

You can read more about the study’s findings here.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.