Relationships between perceived diagnostic disclosure, patient characteristics, psychological distress and illness perceptions in Indian cancer patients.

@article{Chittem2013RelationshipsBP,
  title={Relationships between perceived diagnostic disclosure, patient characteristics, psychological distress and illness perceptions in Indian cancer patients.},
  author={Mahati Chittem and Paul Norman and Peter R. Harris},
  journal={Psycho-oncology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 6},
  pages={1375-80}
}
OBJECTIVE Non-disclosure of a cancer diagnosis is a common practice in many Asian cultures where family-based medical decision making is the norm. The present study sought to compare Indian cancer patients who were aware versus unaware of their cancer diagnosis on a range of patient characteristics, levels of psychological distress and illness perceptions. METHODS A sample of 329 Indian cancer patients were interviewed about their understanding of their illness (to assess awareness of a… CONTINUE READING

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