Background: This analysis of the myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) Landmark survey evaluated gaps between patient perceptions of their disease management and physician self-reported practices.
Methods: The survey included 813 patient respondents who had MPNs (myelofibrosis [MF], polycythemia vera [PV], or essential thrombocythemia [ET]) and 457 hematologist/oncologist respondents who treated patients with these conditions.
Results: Greater proportions of physician respondents reported using prognostic risk classifications (MF, 83%; PV, 59%; ET, 77%) compared with patient recollections (MF, 54%; PV, 17%; ET, 31%). Most physician respondents reported that their typical symptom assessments included asking patients about the most important symptoms or a full list of symptoms, whereas many patient respondents reported less specific assessments (eg, they were asked how they were feeling). Many patient respondents did not recognize common symptoms as MPN-related. For example, approximately one-half or more did not believe difficulty sleeping resulted from their MPN (MF, 49%; PV, 64%; ET, 76%). Physician respondents underestimated the proportion of patients who had symptomatic PV or ET at diagnosis compared with patient respondents. There was discordance regarding treatment goals: among patient respondents with MF or PV, "slow/delay progression of condition" was the most important treatment goal, whereas physician respondents reported "symptom improvement" and "prevention of vascular/thrombotic events," respectively. Finally, more than one-third of patient respondents were not "very satisfied" with their physician's overall management/communication.
Conclusions: The care and satisfaction of patients with MPN may be improved with increased patient education and improved patient-physician communication. Cancer 2017;123:449-458. © 2016 The Authors. Cancer published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Cancer Society.
Keywords: communication; essential thrombocythemia; health care surveys; myeloproliferative disorder; patients; physicians; polycythemia vera; primary myelofibrosis; questionnaires.
© 2016 The Authors. Cancer published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Cancer Society.