Highlights: Clinicians and patients have varying insights on the role of immediately released reports (pathology/radiology) in oncology. We must support the expansion of patient-centered strategies and tools for patient understanding and empowerment. These include patient portal tools (glossaries, summaries, and additional information) embedded into released results.
More research work on immediate release of test results to patients. There is divergent opinion between patients and oncologists, and our conclusion is that this is a new world, and it is time to adjust our clinical care, perhaps with anticipatory guidance. See our other article “I don’t think it should take you three days to tell me my baby is dead.”
The time is ripe for our change in practice.