Pirl, William F., Jennifer Lerner, Lara Traeger, Joseph A. Greer, Areej El-Jawahri, and Jennifer S. Temel. "Oncologists' Dispositional Affect and Likelihood of End-Of-Life Discussions." Journal of Clinical Oncology 34.26 (October 2016): 9.


Oncologist-patient end-of-life (EOL) discussions are associated with less aggressive care at EOL. Prior research on EOL discussions has not explored the role of oncologists’ dispositional affect, trait patterns of emotional responses. Affect could possibly facilitate or hinder broaching difficult EOL topics. We examined associations between oncologists’ disposition for experiencing positive and negative affect and likelihood of EOL discussions reported by their patients with advanced cancers.