Patients prefer "supportive" to "palliative" in study

04/11/2013 | Oncology Report, The

A survey of advanced cancer patients showed those who were given the term "supportive care" instead of "palliative care" reported a better understanding, improved impression and greater perceived need for the services, according to a University of Pittsburgh study presented at the AAHPM annual meeting. The research involved 169 people randomized into different groups. Patients said they would be more willing to see a supportive care or palliative care specialist if that option was recommended by their oncologist, instead of having to ask.

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