Dr. Walter F. Baile moderated a panel at the Spring 2015 Cancer Policy Roundtable that included many perspectives on how cancer patients and oncology professionals can collaborate in decision-making that will improve care planning and coordination. Following the panel, Dr. Baile sat down with us to discuss this issue further. In defining shared decision-making as the relationship between a physician, or health care provider, and the patient and family member, Dr. Baile notes that it is a very complex communication task on the part of the oncologist because it involves a number of strategies or steps. In this interview, he offers examples of these steps and discusses some of the models currently available to help oncologists and providers build the rapport with the patient and the patient’s loved ones.
Walter F. Baile, M.D., is Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he holds appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science and Faculty & Academic Career Enhancement.
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