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Shared decision making during radiation therapy improves patient satisfaction
Date:4/14/2014

to participate in the study.

The next step in the research is to determine both physician and patient barriers to SDM and to determine methods to break down these barriers.

"As providers, it doesn't matter what treatment you are offering, or how complicated it is, or how busy you may be," said Dr. Vapiwala. "It's worth taking even a few minutes to talk to patients about seemingly minor decisions in which they can provide some input. It's not only critical in today's health care setting where both information and misinformation are rampant, but will very likely lead to the patient feeling positively about the encounter."


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Contact: Steve Graff
stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5653
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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