Purposes: The primary purpose of this study to examine the relationships among provider communication behaviors, shared decision-making, and quality of life for patients with advanced cancer in Saudi Arabia.
Theoretical framework: Street’s ecological theory of patient-centered communication (2009) will guide this study.
Subjects: A convenience sample of 159 patients with stage III and IV gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast, lung or gynecological cancer will be recruited from KAUH hospital in Jeddah.
Method: The design is cross sectional descriptive correlational study. The researcher will orally administers all three questionnaires, one on each of the following concepts: provider communication behaviors, shared decision-making and patient’s quality of life, along with the demographic data using Survey Monkey at the hospital where the patients are being treated.
Anticipated Data Analysis: The demographic data and the data from all three questionnaires will be analyzed using simple linear regression and descriptive statistics.
Result: ongoing project .
Conclusion: By focusing on cancer patients in Saudi Arabia, this study seeks to add to the empirical knowledge base about provider communication behaviors and shared decision-making, and it will help to advance the body of nursing knowledge related to health care communication in Saudi Arabia. The knowledge will also assist in further research to develop decision aids programs to enhance informed shared decision making in cancer care.