[Skip to content]


The CASH Database

The database is the hub of the CASH service. The content can be added, searched and exported to create personalised alerting services for library customers.  There are a number of newsfeeds that can be embedded into external CAS website pages keeping them constantly updated with the latest content.

To search for a specific item enter a keyword that may appear in either the title or summary.

Database entry is very quick and easy, see the Database Quick Guide for further support.

Search Tips

  • Search for the first three words in the title e.g. "Five year forward" will find everything about the Five Year Forward View
  • Browse a category from the drop-down list to see the latest news on that topic

  • Enter a keyword to narrow your search e.g. Category Mental Health and Keyword Parity 

How can cancer teams ensure that patients’ preferences inform treatment decisions?

Year of publication

Teams of professionals working together (multidisciplinary teams) have improved outcomes for people with many different conditions, including cancer. But a study found that this way of working may not support patient preferences. It calls for professionals to ensure that people with cancer take part in decisions about their treatment.

Multidisciplinary teams bring together different specialists involved in a patient’s care. In team meetings, professionals may discuss treatment options in a patient-centred way, but they rarely include patients themselves. Patients may, for example, choose treatments that allow them to do things they love, rather than to live longer.

This study focused on head and neck cancer. Researchers observed multidisciplinary teams making treatment decisions and assessed patients’ engagement with their recommendations.

The study found that team meetings were frequently dominated by doctors’ opinions on the best treatment. Patients tended to be presented with the team’s preferred treatment option, rather than all treatment options; their preferences often did not inform treatment decisions.

The researchers call for healthcare professionals to find ways to ensure that patient preferences inform decision-making. Training for professionals on shared decision-making could help; as could re-structuring team meetings. People could benefit from dedicated time or other support tools to help them fully explore their treatment options.

Date added
Created by
Sylvia Shelton
Published by
Current Awareness Service for Health