Satisfaction with information used to choose prostate cancer treatment

Scott M. Gilbert, Martin G. Sanda, Rodney L. Dunn, Thomas K. Greenfield, Larry Hembroff, Eric Klein, Christopher S. Saigal, Louis Pisters, Jeff Michalski, Howard M. Sandler, Mark S. Litwin, John T. Wei

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Purpose After being diagnosed with prostate cancer men must assimilate information regarding the cancer. Satisfaction with information reflects the evaluation of information sources used before treatment to select a therapy. We describe the use and helpfulness of several information sources available to prostate cancer survivors. We also identified factors associated with satisfaction with information. Materials and Methods A total of 1,204 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer were enrolled in the prospective, multicenter Prostate Cancer Outcomes and Satisfaction with Therapy Quality Assessment study. The validated satisfaction with information domain of the Service Satisfaction Scale-Cancer was administered to subjects 2 months after treatment. The relationship between several factors, such as demographics, socioeconomic factors, cancer severity and types of information sources, and satisfaction with information were evaluated using multiple regression. Results Sources of information endorsed by subjects varied by race, education and study site. The most helpful sources were treatment description by the treating physician (33.1%), Internet sites (18.9%) and books (18.1%). In multiple variable models patient age (p = 0.005) and information provided by the physician regarding outcomes in their patients (p = 0.01) were independently associated with patient satisfaction with the information provided. Conclusions Various information sources were used and endorsed as helpful by subjects, although results for physician patients was the only source independently associated with satisfaction with information. Providing patients with information about possible or expected courses of care and outcomes may improve satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1271
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • consumer health information
  • consumer satisfaction
  • prostate
  • prostatic neoplasms
  • questionnaires


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