The purpose of this study was to obtain information about the public's awareness and perception of the discipline of gynecologic oncology. The marketing of cancer care and related services has resulted in substantial funding being allocated to market individual institutions. However, little has been done to educate patients to the fact that there are physicians specifically trained who possess special expertise in the care of specific types of malignancy. The members of The Division of Gynecologic Oncology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania asked each new patient to complete an anonymous questionnaire hoping to learn more about her prior knowledge of the specialty of gynecologic oncology and her perceptions of our discipline. Presented is the analysis of the answers provided by the 200 participants. The conclusion is that the public in general is poorly informed of gynecologic oncology as a specialty and consequently may not be taking advantage of optimal cancer care already available. Thus, as a specialty we must institute programs to educate and enlighten patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology