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Objective: This study aimed to 1. explore surgeons' and nurses' perceptions about involvement of adult children in treatment decision-making for older patients; and 2. identify strategies they use to ensure positive family involvement.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 surgical oncologists and 13 oncology nurses in two Dutch hospitals. Qualitative content analysis was conducted according to the steps of thematic analysis.
Results: Surgeons and nurses indicated that adult children's involvement in decision-making increases when patients become frail. They reported beneficial and challenging characteristics of this involvement. Six strategies to stimulate positive involvement of adult children in the decision-making process were revealed: 1. Focus on the patient; 2. Actively involve adult children; 3. Acknowledge different perspectives; 4. Get to know the family system; 5. Check that the patient and family members understand the information; and 6. Stimulate communication and deliberation with adult children.
Conclusion: Surgeons and nurses perceive involvement of adult in treatment decision making as beneficial. However, family involvement can trigger specific complexities and challenges in treatment decision conversations that call for practical patient and family-centered strategies.
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2022|
|Event||SIOG Annual Conference: Celebrating Resilience - Geneva|
Duration: 28 Oct 2022 → 30 Oct 2022
|Conference||SIOG Annual Conference|
|Period||28/10/22 → 30/10/22|
- family care
- shared decision making
- older patients with cancer
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- 1 Finished
1/09/19 → 31/08/23
Project: PHD Research
- 1 Article
Involvement of adult children in treatment decision-making for older patients with cancer: a qualitative study of perceptions and experiences of oncology surgeons and nursesDijkman, B. L., Paans, W., van der Wal-Huisman, H., van Leeuwen, B. L. & Luttik, M. L., 1 Sept 2022, In: Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 30, 11, p. 9203-9210 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access