Review Article

Information Needs Priorities in Patients Diagnosed With Cancer: A Systematic Review

Joseph D. Tariman1, PhD, ANP-BC, Ardith Doorenbos2, PhD, RN, FAAN, Karen G. Schepp2, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Seema Singhal2, MD, and Donna L. Berry3, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN®

From 1School of Nursing/College of Science and Health at De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois; 2University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and 3Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Authors' disclosures of potential conflicts of interest can be found at the end of this article.

Correspondence to: Joseph D. Tariman, PhD, ANP-BC, 990 W. Fullerton Avenue, Suite 3000C, Chicago, IL 60614. E-mail: phdinseattle@gmail.com


J Adv Pract Oncol 2014;5:115–122 | DOI: 10.6004/jadpro.2014.5.2.10 | © 2014 Harborside Press®


  

ABSTRACT

Information-sharing is an integral part of cancer care. Several studies have examined the information needs of patients with various types of cancer. However, the priorities of information needs among patients with cancer have not been reported. A systematic review was performed to identify published studies that examined priorities of information needs in patients with cancer. PubMed (1966 to February 2012), PsycINFO (1967 to February 2012), and CINAHL (1982 to February 2012) databases were searched to access relevant medical, psychological, and nursing literature. Thirty studies involving patients with breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, gynecologic, hematologic, and other cancers revealed patients’ information needs priorities. The top three patient information priorities were related to prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment options. The top information priorities reported in this systematic review could serve as a start to elicit patients’ information needs and guide patient education across the cancer care continuum. Being able to prioritize the most-needed information can make patient encounters more meaningful and useful.




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