Patient Perception of Physician Compassion After a More Optimistic vs a Less Optimistic Message

Quite interesting trial on how the patients see the doctors depending on the message they give is here: http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2120917

This message could be indirectly seen in some other trials which showed that majority of patients with metastatic colon and lung cancers in US did thought that the treatment was curative – and the doctors who presented most unrealistic view of treatment aims (cure) were judged superior on communication skills compared to doctors who delivered the true message (no cure).

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One Response to Patient Perception of Physician Compassion After a More Optimistic vs a Less Optimistic Message

  1. Scott Turner says:

    I bet they perceived the optimistic dr as more knowledgeable of medicine and more capable / competent too

    Scott

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