Determinants of patient–oncologist prognostic discordance in advanced cancer.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.