Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 764–769

Physician Behaviors Surrounding the Implementation of Decision and Communication Aids in a Breast Cancer Clinic: a Qualitative Analysis of Staff Intern Perceptions


DOI: 10.1007/s13187-012-0402-8

Cite this article as:
Pass, M., Volz, S., Teng, A. et al. J Canc Educ (2012) 27: 764. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0402-8


The aim of this paper is to examine how physician behavior facilitated or impeded our implementation of decision and communication aids in a breast cancer clinic. Staff interns provided decision and communication aids to patients and wrote up case notes for each patient they served. We used grounded theory to code our staff interns’ case notes. We then identified barriers and facilitators to our program’s implementation from each category we generated in the coding. Facilitators included physicians reading patient questions and then bringing the staff interns to the consultation. Barriers included physicians forgetting to bring the staff interns to the appointments and discouraging interns from speaking during the consultation. Physicians vary in their cooperation with our program. Our next steps will be to inquire directly with physicians about how to adapt our program design. We will also seek to position the staff interns as mentees to increase physician commitment to our program.


ImplementationShared decision makingDecision aidsCommunication aids

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Pass
    • 1
  • S. Volz
    • 1
  • A. Teng
    • 1
  • L. Esserman
    • 1
  • J. Belkora
    • 1
  1. 1.Philip R. Lee Institute For Health Policy StudiesUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA