Communication

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

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Culturally sensitive communications with Hispanic patients can help them understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment options.

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

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A train-the-trainer communication training course appears to be an effective strategy for broadly teaching communication to oncology nurses.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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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.

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

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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.

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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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.

Levels of Resilience Are Correlated With Distress and Empathy in Resident Physicians

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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 Information

Barriers to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Can Be Overcome With Improvements to Online Health Information

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Available information on pancreatic cancer was written at too high a level and contained inaccuracies regarding alternative therapies, a recent study has shown.

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

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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.

Novel Approach to Training Can Improve Transition to a New Hospital

Novel Approach to Training Can Improve Transition to a New Hospital

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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.

Home Visits From Promotora Increased Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

Home Visits From Promotora Increased Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

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Latina women in the United States nearly doubled their rate of screening for breast cancer after visits from a health-promoting promotora.

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

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The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.

Use of Superlatives in Media Reports of Cancer Drugs is Common, but Can Be Deceiving

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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.

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

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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 team

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A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

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Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.

Cancer changed my body: Talking about body image with teens

Cancer changed my body: Talking about body image with teens

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Communication and honesty are key when discussing cancer and treatment options with adolescents with cancer.

Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

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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.

The Nurse-Patient Relationship: When It's Time to Be Brave Enough to Let Go

The Nurse-Patient Relationship: When It's Time to Be Brave Enough to Let Go

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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.

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

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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?

Certain factors influence whether cancer patients involve family members in treatment decisions

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A new study may shed some light into why, or why not, patients involve family members in their medical decisions.

California breast density law slow to have an impact

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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.

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

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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.

Patient education with subtitles

Patient education with subtitles

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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.

New approach helps women talk to their families about cancer risk

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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.

Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

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.

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

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A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.

American Nurses Association (ANA) breakthrough statement struggles over hours worked

American Nurses Association (ANA) breakthrough statement struggles over hours worked

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The American Nurses Association's impending position statement on nurse fatigue may focus on total number of hours worked, not just length of shift.

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

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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 Wisconsin

Expert commentary: 'Apology bill' shields health care providers' apologies from malpractice suits in Wisconsin

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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.

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