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strates both positive and negative
factors that participants described as
contributing in the overall experience
in learning the diagnosis.
Main factors contributing to a less
negative experience in receiving the
diagnosis were: emphatic and professional approach, feeling supported
by the medical team and receiving
adequate, yet not overwhelming
information.
We should strive to promote these
aspects in care so that everyone can
feel equally cared for.
Adequate info = participants report
being happy with the amount of relevant information about their disease
and treatment;
Treatment Plan = Having a clear
plan and steps ahead;
Over the phone - pos/neg = learning the diagnosis over the phone was
positive for some while negative for
others;
Preparation = feeling prepared for
the bad news;
Validation = validation of emotional distress;
Assumed experience = because of
medical background medical doctors assumed the patients was well
informed about the disease;
Delay or mistake = lag in diagnosis
or misdiagnosis;
Minimizing = telling patients they

Positive and negative factors in learning the diagnosis
Preparation
Validation

Over the phone − pos

Prompt diagnosis
Treatment plan

Adequate info

Medical team support

Empathy

Rating

Professional approach
Assumed experience

Negative

Bad timing

Positive

Delay or mistake

Over the phone − neg
Inadequate info

Overwhelming info
Minimizing

Lack of dignity

Lack of empathy
Rushed

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Number of times endorsed

have a "good cancer";
Rushed = feeling rushed through
the diagnosis.
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