Shared Decision Making During Radiation Therapy Improves Patient Satisfaction

April 17, 2014

A Penn Medicine study on shared decision making (SDM) found that cancer patients who play an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leave feeling more satisfied with their care and may even feel less psychological distress around the experience, WHYY Radio reports. SDM can be as simple as a physician explaining the pros and cons of a particular treatment and asking the patient for input. “No matter how busy you may be, it’s important to involve the patient in something that may seem like a minor decision to you. It’s amazing how far that can go,” said Neha Vapiwala, MD, associate professor of Radiation Oncology and lead author.

Penn Medicine news release

WHYY Radio segment