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A specialty curriculum for oncology 

A specialty curriculum for oncology

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date: 24 July 2017

Cancer clinical trials are conducted to progress the efficacy of cancer treatments. The success of such clinical trials is dependent on enrolling cancer patients. However, enrolments rates remain low, and lower participation rates are reported in minority patients. The goal of this chapter is to outline issues involved in recruitment to clinical trials and to describe the ethical principles underlying informed consent. A model of communication skills training is presented to provide suggested strategies to aid communication between healthcare providers and patients about clinical trials. The programme involves training in shared decision-making, information flow, and the disclosure of information. The results of a pilot programme utilizing this model and skills are also presented.

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