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Self-reported experience and outcomes of care among stomach cancer patients at a median follow-up time of 27 months from diagnosis

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Kim, Sung; Bae, Jae-Moon; Kim, Young-Woo; Ryu, Keun Won; Lee, Jun Ho; Noh, Jae-Hyung; Sohn, Tae-Sung; Hong, Seong-Kweon; Lee, Myung Kyung; Park, Sang Min; Yun, Young Ho

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Springer Verlag
Support Care Cancer. 2008 Jul;16(7):831-9. Epub 2007 Oct 2.
AdultAgedCross-Sectional StudiesDecision MakingFemaleFollow-Up StudiesHumansMaleMiddle AgedPatient ParticipationPatient SatisfactionProspective StudiesPsychometricsQuality of Health CareQuestionnairesStomach Neoplasms/diagnosis/physiopathology/*psychology/surgeryTime FactorsTreatment OutcomeQuality of Life
GOALS OF WORK: We aimed to identify clinical experiences associated with outcomes of care among stomach cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred thirty-two patients who had a diagnosis of stage I-III stomach cancer from 2001 through 2002 from two hospitals in South Korea responded to a survey questionnaire including sociodemographic and clinical data, information about care experiences, satisfaction with care, and quality of life (QOL). MAIN RESULTS: Involvement in decision making [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 1.81; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.13 to 2.89] and reflection of patients' opinions in treatment decisions (aOR = 2.54; 95% CI, 1.65 to 3.93) were associated with decision satisfaction. The factors associated with willingness to choose the same treatment over again were involvement in decision making (aOR = 2.37; 95% CI, 1.53 to 3.68) and no treatment toxicity (aOR = 0.50; 95% CI, 0.29 to 0.87). Involvement in decision making, reflection of patients' opinions in treatment decisions, and treatment toxicity were associated with some functioning subscales of QOL (p < 0.05). Regular follow-up, however, was associated with poor social functioning. CONCLUSIONS: Quality improvement efforts for stomach cancer patients should focus not only on the quality of primary tumor therapy but also on how patients experience their care, such as patient-centered decision making, experience of treatment toxicity, and regular follow-up.
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