Patients' reflections on communication in the second-opinion hematology-oncology consultation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Patient education and counseling, Volume 76, Issue 1, p.44-50 (2009)


336, Adult, Aged, Clinical Research Division, Communication, Female, Focus Groups, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Hematologic Diseases, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Satisfaction, Physician-Patient Relations, Prognosis, Qualitative Research, Referral and Consultation, Social Perception


The nature of communication between patients and their second-opinion hematology consultants may be very different in these one-time consultations than for those that are within long-term relationships. This study explored patients' perceptions of their second-opinion hematology-oncology consultation to investigate physician-patient communication in malignant disease at a critical juncture in cancer patients' care and decision-making.