RAPID RESPONSES FROM BMJ.COMBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.E307 (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:E307
- Joanne Rule, chief executive
- CancerBACUP London, UK
Communication: information and choice are vital
While we acknowledge the importance of qualitative research, we have some concerns about the Wright study.
The stated objective of the study was to determine how a small group of patients with breast cancer wanted their doctors to communicate with them. When this aim was addressed through a structured questionnaire, its findings “concurred with the current emphasis on information, choice and emotional discussion.” This should come as no surprise as this is the result of solid and substantial research showing how highly these three factors are valued by patients.