A train-the-trainer communication training course appears to be an effective strategy for broadly teaching communication to oncology nurses.
Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.
At what point is attentiveness being too nice? Ann Brady discusses how her words followed the patient's wishes, but her actions prompted an unexpected question.
Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.
Clinically relevant distress and decreased empathy are frequently experienced by resident physicians whose resilience is low when exposed to the trauma of working with patients in the hematology-oncology setting.
Barriers to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Can Be Overcome With Improvements to Online Health InformationMay 23, 2016
Available information on pancreatic cancer was written at too high a level and contained inaccuracies regarding alternative therapies, a recent study has shown.
Accepting the need for counseling or support services may be difficult for many patients. Clinicians need to be attuned to specific clues during a first contact to make an accurate initial assessment.
A unique and comprehensive approach to training oncology nurses for transition to a new hospital with inpatient and outpatient services improved their confidence in working in the new building.
Latina women in the United States nearly doubled their rate of screening for breast cancer after visits from a health-promoting promotora.
The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.
The use of superlatives such as breakthrough, revolutionary, miracle' or other grandiose terms to describe cancer drugs was found to be common even when drugs were not yet approved, had no clinical data, or not yet shown overall survival benefits.
Approximately 97% of men with advanced prostate cancer report being comfortable discussing their symptoms with their health care team. But the number of men who actually do so is significantly lower.
Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care teamSeptember 03, 2015
A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.
Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.
Communication and honesty are key when discussing cancer and treatment options with adolescents with cancer.
Use of straightforward, age-appropriate language is essential to communicating with pediatric oncology patients about their cancer and treatments, and gaining their trust in the medical team.
Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.
If it sounds like denial, it is denial. Right? This patient's preconceived notion of what lung cancer should be appeared to hinder her accepting her diagnosis. But she agreed to treatment, so is it still denial?
A new study may shed some light into why, or why not, patients involve family members in their medical decisions.
Half of primary care physicians are still unfamiliar with the California law mandating that clinicians notify women with dense breast tissue, and many do not feel comfortable answering breast density-related questions.
Transitions from one stage of cancer care to another are pivotal points of vulnerability for patients. The most significant point comes at the end of treatment, as patients face life forever changed.
The author learned to fully appreciate the significance of inflection and tone, hallmarks of spoken communication, when she faced a new challenge: counseling a deaf patient and his wife, who also is deaf.
A short skills-based intervention designed to help women better communicate with relatives and gather and share information about family cancer history has been evaluated.
Patients may need help talking about their cancer diagnosis with their families, especially their children. The Pillow Talk Care package is an at-home activity kit that helps facilitate this difficult discussion.
A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.
The American Nurses Association's impending position statement on nurse fatigue may focus on total number of hours worked, not just length of shift.
A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.
A team of nurses at Torrance Memorial Medical Center identified developed a collaborative approach aimed at improving the cancer patient experience at their community hospital.
Expert commentary: 'Apology bill' shields health care providers' apologies from malpractice suits in WisconsinJune 04, 2014
Apologies by health care workers are protected from being used against them in court by a new law enacted in Wisconsin, one of more than 35 states to enact such a law.
Have you had a patient or family of a patient who seem to know the diagnosis and prognosis, yet they react as if they do not completely understand? How do you handle a situation like that?
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