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21.01.2017 | Ausgabe 3/2017

Journal of Cancer Education 3/2017

Patients’ Trust in Physician, Patient Enablement, and Health-Related Quality of Life During Colon Cancer Treatment

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Journal of Cancer Education > Ausgabe 3/2017
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Nicole Ernstmann, Markus Wirtz, Anika Nitzsche, Sophie E. Gross, Lena Ansmann, Tristan D. Gloede, Julia Jung, Holger Pfaff, Walter Baumann, Stephan Schmitz, Melanie Neumann
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Abstract

In cancer care, where patients and their families experience significant emotional distress and patients have to deal with complex medical information, patient centeredness is an important aspect of quality of care. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of patients’ trust in their oncologists and patients’ enablement on changes in health-related quality of life of colon cancer patients during follow-up care. We conducted a prospective study in a representative sample of private practices of German oncologists (N = 44). Patients (N = 131) filled out a standardized questionnaire prior to their first consultation (T0), directly after the first consultation (T1) and after two months (T2). Data were analyzed by structural equation modeling. Significant associations were found between trust in physician and changes in physical functioning between T1 and T2, and between trust in physician and patient enablement. Patient enablement is significantly associated with changes in physical functioning between T1 and T2. The results underline the importance of building a close and trustful patient-physician relationship in the oncology encounter. A central mechanism of the association between the quality of the relationship and health outcomes seems to be patient enablement. To enable patients to cope with their situation by making them understand their diagnosis, treatments, and side effects can impact health-related quality of life in physical domains.

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