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Abstract | Full HTML Article | PDF ecancer 11 738 / DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2017.738

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Bringing a humanistic approach to cancer clinical trials

In this article, we describe some practical aspects that promote the humanisation of clinical research. Actions are not limited to improving the communication skills of medical staff but also include maintenance of care continuity, accessible written information, and application of theoretic models such as shared decision-making and management of stress in decision-making under uncertainty. We believe that a comprehensive strategy will increase patients’ motivation to participate in and adhere to clinical research.

Keywords: humanization, cancer, clinical trials

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