Physician requests by patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan

Yasuko Nagamatsu, Isao Oze, Keisuke Aoe, Katsuyuki Hotta, Katsuya Kato, Junko Nakagawa, Keiko Hara, Takumi Kishimoto, Nobukazu Fujimoto

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Abstract

Background: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a fatal and rare disease that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos. Treatment and care requests made by MPM patients to their physicians were collected and analyzed. Methods: This cross-sectional survey was part of a larger study (N = 133) regarding the quality of life of MPM patients. Specific responses to two open-ended questions related to patients' requests regarding treatment and care were quantified, analyzed and divided into categories based on content. Results: Responses (N = 217) from MPM patients (N = 73) were categorized into 24 subcategories and then abstracted into 6 categories. The majority of requests were related to patient-physician communication. Patients wanted clear and understandable explanations about MPM and wanted their physician to deliver treatment based on the patient's perspective by accepting and empathizing with their anxiety and pain. Patients expected physicians to be dedicated to their care and establish an improved medical support system for MPM patients. Conclusion: Patients with MPM had a variety of unmet needs from their physicians. Physicians who provide care to MPM patients should receive training in both communication skills and stress management. A multidisciplinary care system that includes respiratory and palliative care for MPM patients should be established.

Original languageEnglish
Article number383
JournalBMC cancer
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 25 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asbestos
  • Communication
  • Mesothelioma
  • Patient-centered care
  • Support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Nagamatsu, Y., Oze, I., Aoe, K., Hotta, K., Kato, K., Nakagawa, J., Hara, K., Kishimoto, T., & Fujimoto, N. (2019). Physician requests by patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan. BMC cancer, 19(1), [383]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-019-5591-7