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The Black Box of decision-making in cancer care: new challenges

28 Mar 2019
Guest editors: Gabriella Pravettoni and Soumitra Datta

This special issue tackles the complex topic of psycho-oncology - the psychological, behavioural, ethical and social aspects of cancer. It is aimed at updating healthcare providers on some of the key considerations of psycho-oncology, ranging from supporting patient emotions to designing surveys. The articles also touch on specialist topics, such as the specific psychological needs of children with cancer, and the role of psychology in the health policies surrounding tobacco.

The issue highlights the fact that individual values, preferences, needs and beliefs affect patients’ decision making. Similarly, clinicians are dependent on their individual judgement and decision making, particularly in situations where it is not easy to decide either due to high stakes, limited evidence base or limited resources in a low- and middle-income country.



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Watch Guest Editor Soumitra Datta discuss the various articles in the special issue.

Special Issue Articles

Serena Oliveri, Paola Arnaboldi, Silvia Francesca Maria Pizzoli, Flavia Faccio, Alice V Giudice, Claudia Sangalli, Alberto Luini, Gabriella Pravettoni
Soumitra Shankar Datta, Tania Saha, Aparupa Ojha, Anirban Das, Rhea Daruvala, Kesavapillai Sukumaran Reghu, Rimpa Achari
Ketti Mazzocco, Mariana Masiero, Maria Chiara Carriero, Gabriella Pravettoni
Soumitra S Datta, Niladri Ghosal, Rhea Daruvala, Santam Chakraborty, Raj Kumar Shrimali, Chantalle van Zanten, Joe Parry, Sanjit Agrawal, Shrikant Atreya, Subir Sinha, Sanjoy Chatterjee, Simon Gollins
Soumita Ghose, Vivek Radhakrishnan, Sanjay Bhattacharya