The Question‐prompt list ( QPL ): Why it is needed in the Indian oncology setting?

Chawak, Shweta and Chittem, Mahati and Maya, Sravannthi and Dhillon, Haryana M. and Butow, Phyllis N. (2021) The Question‐prompt list ( QPL ): Why it is needed in the Indian oncology setting? Cancer Reports, 4 (2). ISSN 2573-8348

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In India, caregivers are an integral part of the illness experience, especially in cancer, to the extent that they can become proxy decision-makers for the patient. Further, owing to acute resource constraints in the Indian healthcare system, it may be difficult for oncologists to assess and elicit questions from each patient/caregiver. Consequently, there is a need to address these unique aspects of oncology care in India to improve patient outcomes and understanding of their illness and treatment. This can be achieved through a Question Prompt List (QPL), a checklist used by care recipients during medical consultations. Recent Findings: This narrative review will first introduce research on the development and effectiveness of the QPL, and then it will highlight current gaps in oncology care in India and explore how the QPL may aid in closing these gaps. A literature search of the empirical research focused on the development, feasibility and acceptability of the QPL in oncology settings was conducted. The final review included 40 articles pertaining to QPL research. Additionally, psycho-oncology research in India centered on information needs and experiences was reviewed. Current Indian psycho-oncology research reports patients' want to be actively involved in their cancer care and a need for more illness information. However, a high demand on physicians' resources and the family caregivers' interference can be barriers to meeting patients' information/communication needs. International research demonstrates that a QPL helps structure and decrease consultation time, improves patient satisfaction with care, and improves the quality of communication during medical encounters. Conclusion: QPLs for Indian patients and caregivers may focus on the scope of medical consultations to address patient needs while influencing the course and content of the patient-caregiver-physician interactions. Further, it can address the resource constraints in Indian oncology care settings, thus reducing the physician's burden.

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Maya, SravannthiUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; caregiver; checklist; consultation; empirical research; feasibility study; female; human; India; male; narrative; patient satisfaction; psycho-oncology; review; systematic review
Subjects: Literature
Social sciences
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 06:10
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