Prognosis Communications and Race in Advanced Cancer Care

Project Profile

Title:

Prognosis Communications and Race in Advanced Cancer Care

Project Period :

7/01/13-6/30/17

Sponsor:

American Cancer Society

Principal Investigator:

Robert Gramling

Description:

The overall goal of this project is to understand how communication regarding prognosis impacts patient decisions about care and to determine how this process is impacted by race.

Their previous work has lead to their conceptual model of Patient Centered Prognosis Communication, including Engaging, Responding, Informing and Balancing. They now hope to assess how the quality of conversations (as measured by their model) impacts DCM re care by audio-recording IP PC consults. They hypothesize that he quality of conversations in blacks will be worse than in whites (after controlling for other associated predictors such as education, income, etc). Lastly, they aim to understand why race impacts the Patient Centered Communication model through qualitative analysis of the audio-recordings and interviews with patients and families.