Should culture affect practice? A comparison of prognostic discussions in consultations with immigrant versus native-born cancer patients

Phyllis N Butow, Ming Sze, Maurice Eisenbruch, Melanie Bell, Lynley Aldridge, Sarah Abdo, Michelle Tanious, Skye Dong, Rick Aren Michael Iedema, Janette L Vardy, Rina Hui, Frances Boyle, Winston S Liauw, David A Goldstein

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Poor prognosis is difficult to impart, particularly across a cultural divide. This study compared prognostic communication with immigrants (with and without interpreters) versus native-born patients in audio-taped oncology consultations. Methods: Ten oncologists, 78 patients (31 Australian-born, 47 immigrants) and 115 family members participated. The first two consultations after diagnosis of incurable disease were audiotaped, transcribed and coded. 142 consultations were included in the analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246 - 252
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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