Shared decision making in cancer screening and treatment decisions for american indian and alaska native communities: Can we ethically calibrate interventions to patients' values?

Katherine E. Nowakowski, Jon C. Tilburt, Judith S. Kaur

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Abstract

Shared decision making has been advocated as a key ethical strategy to improve quality of care and cancer control, especially in relation to screening and treatment decisions at various stages of the cancer continuum. Recent research on cancer in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities has highlighted significant disparities, raising questions about how best to implement prevention and screening programs in often fragmented and underfunded Indian health, tribal and urban systems. Incorporating shared decision making initiatives routinely may provide opportunities to address the complex choices AI/AN patients face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-792
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Alaska native
  • American Indian
  • Shared decision making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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