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Gaskin DJ, Weinfurt KR, Castel LD, DePuy V, Li Y, Balshem A, Benson A, Burnett CB, Corbett S, Marshall J, Slater E, Sulmasy DR, Van Echo D, Meropol NJ, Schulman KA
An exploration of relative health stock in advanced cancer patients
Medical Decision Making (2004) 24:614-624.
Objective. The authors sought to empirically test whether relative health stock, a measure of patients' sense of loss in their health due to illness, influences the treatment decisions of patients facing life-threatening, conditions. Specifically, they estimated the effect of relative health stock on advanced cancer patients' decisions to participate in phase I clinical trials. Method. A multicenter study was conducted to survey 328 advanced cancer patients who were offered the opportunity to participate in phase I trials. The authors asked patients to estimate the probabilities of therapeutic benefits and toxicity, their relative health stock, risk preference, and the importance of quality of life. Results. Controlling for health-related quality of life, an increase in relative health stock by 10 percentage points reduced the odds of choosing to participate in a phase I trial by 16% (odds ratio = 0.84, 95% confidence interval = 0.72, 0,97). Conclusion. Relative health stock affects advanced cancer patients' treatment decisions.
Publication Date: 2004-11-01.
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