Sex and gender-sensitive communication in palliative care

Summary Sex and gender-sensitive communication style and information exchange can have a significant influence on patients' understanding of disease and the treatment process. For instance, compared to male patients with a terminal oncological disease, female patients are much more likely to recognize that their condition is terminal. They are also better able to verbalize this and are more likely to discuss their prognosis or life expectancy with the physician. Male patients in the same situation are less likely to understand the goal of treatment is no longer curative in nature and generally have a less accurate understanding of the disease. As a result, male patients tend to take a more passive role in disease-related decision-making processes and more often leave treatment decisions to their physician. Female patients, on the other hand, more often express the wish to be involved in medical decision-making and assume a more active role in the process.
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