Perspectives of patients with haematological cancer on how clinicians meet their information needs: "Managing" information versus "giving" it



Atherton, Kirsten, Young, Bridget ORCID: 0000-0001-6041-9901, Kalakonda, Nagesh ORCID: 0000-0002-5300-1360 and Salmon, Peter ORCID: 0000-0001-6450-5209
(2018) Perspectives of patients with haematological cancer on how clinicians meet their information needs: "Managing" information versus "giving" it. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 27 (07). 1719 - 1726.

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Abstract

Objectives: Practitioners treating patients with haematological cancers have extensive clinical information available to give to patients, and patients need to be informed. However, many patients want to be protected from having information that is too detailed or threatening. To illuminate how practitioners can address this dilemma and help patients feel appropriately informed, we explored patients' experience of feeling informed or uninformed. Methods: Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with 20 patients who had been diagnosed with haematological cancer and had recently received results from clinical investigations or from evaluations of treatment response. Inductive and interpretive analysis of the transcribed audio‐recorded interviews drew on constant comparison. Results: Patients described the need for practitioners carefully to manage the information that they provided, and many felt alarmed by information that they did not experience as having been managed for them. A few patients who had difficulty trusting practitioners were not content with the information provided. Conclusions: These findings can be understood using attachment theory, whereby practitioners' careful management of information demonstrates their care for patients, and patients' trust in the practitioner enables them to feel informed. It follows that, when patients do not feel informed, the solution will not necessarily be more information but might be to help patients feel more secure in a caring clinical relationship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment, cancer, clinical relationship, haematological oncology, information needs, qualitative
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 08:36
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 04:11
DOI: 10.1002/pon.4714
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URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3019950