Patient-Centered Communication During Collaborative Decision Making

Authored by: Mary Politi , Richard L. Street, Jr.

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  August  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415883146
eBook ISBN: 9780203846063
Adobe ISBN: 9781136931673


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In June 2008, Joe, a father of three and a highly successful teacher and researcher, received devastating news. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dr. Smith, Joe’s oncologist, informed Joe that there was only one treatment option for his lymphoma—eight cycles of chemotherapy. Joe learned similar information through his search on the Internet, so he trusted Dr. Smith and began treatment. He suffered moderate to severe side effects, but hoped that the treatment would be successful and would outweigh the temporary discomfort. Joe and Dr. Smith were thrilled to learn that after six chemotherapy treatments, radiographic imaging showed no signs of the tumor.

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