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Decision Making Criteria in Oncology

Journal Paper/Review - Sep 18, 2018

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Glatzer M, Panje C, Sirén C, Cihoric N, Putora P. Decision Making Criteria in Oncology. Oncology 2018:1-9.
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Journal Paper/Review (English)
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Oncology 2018
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Sep 18, 2018
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1423-0232
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1-9
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Decision making is one of the most complex skills required of an oncologist and is affected by a broad range of parameters. For example, the wide variety of treatment options, with various outcomes, side-effects and costs present challenges in selecting the most appropriate treatment. Many treatment choices are affected by limited scientific evidence, availability of therapies or patient-specific factors. In the decision making process, standardized approaches can be useful, but a multitude of criteria are relevant to this process. Thus, the aim of this review is to summarize common types of decision criteria used in oncology by focusing on 3 main categories: criteria associated with the decision maker (both patient and doctor), decision specific criteria, and the often-overlooked contextual factors. Our review aims to highlight the broad range of decision criteria in use, as well as variations in their interpretation.