Cost-cutting measures 'should not affect patient-doctor confidence'

16 January 2012

Cost-cutting in healthcare should be carefully thought through to ensure that patient cancer care is not compromised, according to a new report.

University of Leicester researcher Professor Paul Symonds said that high patient-doctor trust can make a significant difference in helping patients cope with both treatment and diagnosis of the disease.

"It is widely accepted that low trust between a cancer patient and their doctor can influence treatment outcome," said Prof Symonds, who is also a consultant at the Leicester's Hospitals NHS Trust.

He added that doctors should remain sensitive with regard to sharing information about a patient's disease and treatment in order to maintain the this trust.

The expert also warned that more must be done to best preserve the high level of confidence even with budget constraints.

Published in the journal Clinical Oncology, the study aimed to critically assess attitudes and beliefs around cancer care in UK hospitals.

According to Cancer Research UK, it is predicted that there will be around 431,956 cancer cases a year by 2030.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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