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Patient Perspectives on Dialogue and Shared Decision Making

Dauer, Lawrence T.1

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000994
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The fear of radiation on the part of patients and/or clinical staff can hamper adequate shared medical decision making. Typically, one-sided medical radiation risk communication methods with limited effectiveness are employed, such as paternalistic, risk numerology, and quality “assurance” approaches. More study is needed to determine patient preferences and potential fears associated with medical imaging radiation, and the results can provide insights for such discussions. Worry about the potential risks associated with medical imaging radiation has been shown to be substantial in the US population. The level of concern differs by sex, race/ethnicity, education, nationality, and overall health, suggesting that more care and individualized communication and discussion methods need to be employed by clinical staff. The opportunities for improved dialogue with patients (and parents of patients) and the public in general are plentiful.

1Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, Box 84, New York, NY 10065.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact the author at the above address, or email at dauerl@mskcc.org.

(Manuscript accepted 12 September 2018)

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