FACTORS ASSOCIATED TO THE EXPRESSION OF EMOTIONS AND THEIR HANDLING BY ONCOLOGISTS IN PATIENTS NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE BREAST CANCER (INCA project)

Starting date
January 1, 2017
Duration (months)
24
Departments
Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences
Managers or local contacts
Del Piccolo Lidia , Goss Claudia

Objective: 1. to evaluate how often and in which mode Italian breast cancer patients introduced emotional issues during their first oncological visit; 2. to describe oncologists responses to these expressions 3. to identify which factors related to the patient or to clinical interaction might influence the expression of emotional issues.
Methods: The sample was 140 Italian-speaking female patients aged between 18 and 75 years, with a recent diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer at first consultation visit with an oncologist. The consultation visit audio recordings were analysed for the number and type of emotional expressions (VR-CoDES), questions asked and rated in terms of patient-centredness (VR-COPE). Socio-demographic, clinical and personality variables were gathered before the consultation. Clinical variables and oncologists’ evaluations were collected after.

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