Integrating cost communication into cancer care
We propose a pilot study to explore the beliefs and experiences of oncologists and patients in an integrated care system (Group Health Cooperative). Our primary research question is: how do oncologists and people with cancer use information on cost and cost effectiveness for decision making in clinical care? Our secondary question is: what strategies would best support clinician knowledge or use of cost or cost effectiveness data?
Our specific aims are:
1. Understand oncologists’ practices in discussing treatment costs with patients
2. Understand the needs of people with cancer in discussing costs of cancer treatment options with their oncologist