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Fluctuating awareness of treatment goals amongst patients and their caregivers: a longitudinal study of a dynamic process

Burns, Catherine M; Broom, Dorothy; Smith, Wayne T; Dear, Keith; Craft, Paul S


Background: Because increasing numbers of people now survive for months or years with advanced cancer, communication between patients, service providers, and family caregivers often continues over long periods. Hence, understanding of the goals of medical treatment may develop and change as time elapses and disease progresses. This understanding is closely related to the "awareness of dying," which has been studied in both qualitative and quantitative research. However, when both a patient and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer
DOI: 10.1007/s00520-006-0116-8


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