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Use of audiotaped patient consultations in a head and neck oncology clinic and survey of patient attitudes to this facility

  • J. R. Bowden (a1), P. A. Brennan (a2), R. Butler-Keating (a3) and G. A. Zaki (a2)


The overall quality and delivery of patient care is becoming increasingly important, especially in those diagnosed with cancer. Multidisciplinary clinics are a valuable adjunct to this, but patients may not fully understand or comprehend all that is said to them. The use of audiotaping consultations has been studied in some settings, but not in head and neck cancer clinics. We report on a series of 50 consecutive head and neck patients to determine their views on the value of this facility. Thirty-nine patients (78 per cent) utilized the opportunity, of which 36 patients (92 per cent) found it beneficial. Over three quarters of the patients who used the facility thought that medical staff could benefit and learn from the tape recording. We recommend that audiotaping becomes a standard part of the multidisciplinary head and neck oncology clinic, helping to improve the overall quality of patient care.




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