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Journal Article

Determinants of patient–oncologist prognostic discordance in advanced cancer.

Gramling R, Fiscella K, Xing G, et al. JAMA oncology. 2016;2:1421-1426.

Suboptimal communication between patients and physicians can result in patients misunderstanding important aspects of their care. This study found that the majority of patients with cancer reported a more optimistic survival prognosis than their oncologists. These findings suggest the need to improve physician–patient communication about prognosis in order to ensure appropriate discussion of treatment decisions and goals.