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Surgery Special Issue May 2014

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User-Centered Design of Quality of Life Reports for Clinical Prostate Cancer Care


Graphs that convey information on treatment effects can help prostate cancer patients make decisions and track their convalescence.

Prostate cancer patients worry that treatments may affect their urinary, sexual, and bowel functions—and their quality of life. When researchers tested graphical dashboards that present possible magnitudes of dysfunction in relation to expected outcomes, patients favored the bar chart design over table and line formats.