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"App Cuts Cancer Pain; Immune Tx Side Effects; Gaps in Goals of Care" - Ian Ingram

  • MedPage Today
  • New York, NY
  • (November 13, 2018)

Looking at a group of 22 oncologists at a variety of treatment settings, significantly less time was spent on conversations surrounding the goals of care when they met with their minority cancer patients. Among 142 recorded post-imaging office visits, the median time on these talks was 12 minutes with minority patients compared with 17 minutes for conversations with non-minorities, reported Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, director of quality for cancer services for the Mount Sinai Health System. Goals of care conversations were defined as those where patients reported “that their doctor talked about preferences for cancer treatment and clarified things most important to them given their illness.”

— Cardinale Smith, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Quality for Cancer Services, Mount Sinai Health System

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