Interactive Self-Assessment

Welcome to the Doctor Interactive Self-Assessment Tool for Doctor-Patient Discussions

When it comes to discussing metastatic breast cancer (mBC), we can all use more support. This discussion assessment tool can help you to figure out if you and your patients are getting all that you can out of your conversations.

Estimated Time: 3 minutes

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In conversations with patients, I make sure to ask about their fears and worries.


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When gathering information from a patient, I:

(Choose all that apply)


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I feel the best way to communicate with patients is:


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I always begin a treatment discussion by evaluating the patient’s existing:


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I make sure that patients understand as much as possible about metastatic breast cancer and treatment options, and that they are a part of the treatment decision, before beginning treatment.


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I discuss patients' short- and long-term goals with them, and work with patients to help them achieve their treatment and quality-of-life goals whenever possible.


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Recognizing the realities many underserved patient populations face, I take the following potential sensitivities into consideration when talking to patients:

(Choose all that apply)


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To encourage patients to feel open to sharing their thoughts and feelings, and to ensure the most comfortable environment possible for patients during a visit, I try to:

(Choose all that apply)


Great job!

You’re doing a lot to optimize conversations with your patients. Getting them more involved is clearly very important to you, and you seem actively engaged in shared decision-making treatment discussions with your patients.  To help you continue growing and strengthening those conversations and your relationships with your patients, we’ve included some resources you may find helpful.

Recap of answers


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  • Travado L, Andritsch E, Arfi K, et al. Consensus Recommendations on Communication between Healthcare Professionals and Patients: Prepare – Ask – Listen – Motivate (PALiMo).
    Revised November 2017. Accessed February 16, 2021.

  • NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) – Breast Cancer, Version 2.2022 – December 20, 2021.

  • NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Metastatic Breast Cancer, 2020.

  • Vrdoljak E. Breast. 2021;55:79-90.

  • Lelorain S. Curr Oncol Rep. 2021 Mar 14;23(4):1-10.

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  • Gilligan T. Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book 38 (May 23, 2018):532-539.

  • van Vliet L. J Clin Oncol; November 1, 2014;32(31):3474-3478.

  • Pfizer Global Status of Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer 2016.