Author

Rakowsky

Date of Award

8-1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Petty

Second Advisor

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson

Third Advisor

Dr. Wayne Fuqua

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study gathered descriptive data on the parameters of informed consent with cancer chemotherapy patients from the medical oncologists' point of view. A review of the literature suggested that no such research has previously been attempted. A description of disclosure practices would clarify current procedures and would also serve as a guide for further research in the area.

Six hundred questionnaires were mailed to medical oncologists, and thirty percent of these were returned. Data were analyzed primarily using descriptive statistics. Additionally, relationships between demographic variables and different disclosure practices were investigated.

Significant relationships were observed between variables reflecting the size of the facility, proportion of patients put on research treatments, and disclosure practices. The medical practice standard and the reasonable person rule of informed consent were discussed in the light of these findings.

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