Relationship between patient satisfaction and physician-specific outcomes data

A new paper in the Journal of Urology has confirmed that there is a strong correlation between patient satisfaction post-treatment and the ability of physicians to provide counsel to patients about clinical outcomes after treatment based on their own, personal experience and outcomes data. … READ MORE …

Decision aids, PSA-based screening, and male decision-making

According to a newly published study in JAMA Internal Medicine, web-based and print-based decision aids do help men to resolve their own internal conflicts about whether or not to get PSA tests for risk of prostate cancer … READ MORE …

Patient satisfaction during and after the decision to undergo radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer

A paper to be presented at the upcoming AUA annual meeting from what appears to be an ex-US group of clinicians continues to demonstrate the fact that many men get surgical treatment for prostate cancer without anything like a full appreciation of the clinical problem, their treatment options, or the potential consequences. … READ MORE …

Good provider-patient communication is important … but not everything

Another new report on the topic of provider-patient communication and the management of prostate cancer has demonstrated the importance of information content and interpersonal relationships between patient and provider to patient satisfaction with their care. … READ MORE …

The patient-doctor communication/decision process in Europe

An interesting but underpowered study just reported as a “mini-review” in BJU International gives us some (but not much) new information from Europe about the comparative expectations of urologists and prostate cancer patients around the discussion of new diagnosis and the the choice between appropriate treatment options. … READ MORE …

Patient satisfaction after first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer (in Germany)

A new article in the journal Anticancer Research suggests that patients had greater satisfaction after modern forms of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) than after some other standard forms of first-line treatment. Of course the absolute truth of this conclusion may be affected by the details of the study. … READ MORE …

Erectile function, motivation, sex, and satisfaction post-surgery

A recent article offers data from an initial investigation of the impact of sexual motivation on the sexual health and satisfaction of men treated by radical prostatectomy (RP) for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Satisfaction after surgery for localized prostate cancer

There really are remarkably few published data from well-constructed studies of patient satisfaction following treatment for prostate cancer presumed to be localized at the time of treatment. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Today’s news reports deal with such issues as:

  • Prostate cancer screening guidelines in Japan
  • Assessing and interpreting “satisfaction with care” scores
  • PSA flare in response to chemotherapy … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Today’s news reports cover items on:

  • The feasibility of gene expression analysis and prostate cancer prognosis
  • The potential of color Döppler ultrasound to assess prostate cancer risk
  • Radical perineal prostatectomy and quality of life in Japanese patients
  • Outcomes and satisfaction with treatment among patients < 65 years of age
  • LHRH agonist therapy and cognitive dysfunction … READ MORE …
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