Melina Gattellari

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Previous studies have demonstrated that the majority of cancer patients fail to achieve their desired level of participation during treatment decision making. However, it is unclear whether this failure affects patient well-being and satisfaction. Furthermore, whilst shared decision making is currently espoused as the preferred model for doctor patient(More)
BACKGROUND Very little effort has been directed to enable GPs to better informed decisions about PSA screening among their male patients. OBJECTIVES To evaluate an innovative programme designed to enhance GPs' capacity to promote informed decision making by male patients about PSA screening. METHODS The study design was a cluster randomised controlled(More)
OBJECTIVES Efforts to educate men about the controversy surrounding prostate cancer screening are well intended but rarely evaluated rigorously. We evaluated an evidence-based (EB) booklet for men designed to promote informed decision-making. We also determined whether men's preference for involvement in decision-making ("passive", "collaborative" or(More)
Randomised evaluations of resources to facilitate informed decisions about prostate cancer screening are rarely conducted. In this study, 421 men recruited from the community were randomly allocated to receive a leaflet (n = 140) or one of two resources meeting criteria for a decision-aid: a video (n = 141) or an evidence-based booklet, developed by the(More)
We determined the extent to which Australian patients with incurable cancer are informed of their prognosis and treatment options by their oncologists and are encouraged to participate in treatment decisions. To this end, 118 patients with incurable cancer presenting for an initial consultation with one of nine oncologists in two Sydney teaching hospitals(More)
BACKGROUND Antitumour antibiotics are used in the management of metastatic breast cancer. Some of these agents have demonstrated higher tumour response rates than non-antitumour antibiotic regimens, however a survival benefit has not been established in this setting. OBJECTIVES To identify and review the randomised evidence comparing anti-tumour(More)
PURPOSE Informed decision making now is considered the underpinning of ethical medical practice. We aimed to determine the extent to which patients with incurable cancer are adequately informed of their prognosis and treatment options and encouraged to participate in treatment decisions. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred eighteen cancer patients with(More)
The use of unproven therapies is of concern for a number of reasons, including the lack of scientific evidence to support them, their potential financial costs and the possibility of interference with conventional treatment. This study xplored the prevalence, predictors and experiences of unproven therapy use by cancer patients attending an oncology clinic(More)
AIM We aimed to document the prevalence of misunderstanding in cancer patients and investigate whether patient denial is related to misunderstanding. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two hundred forty-four adult cancer outpatients receiving treatment completed a survey assessing levels of understanding and denial. Doctors provided the facts against which patient(More)
BACKGROUND In the past decade the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been increasing in ageing populations while stroke prevention and management have advanced. To inform clinician practice, health service planning and further research, it is timely to reassess the burden of AF-related ischaemic stroke. METHODS We identified patients aged 18+(More)