Patient-Provider Communications

Adjuvant Therapy Duration a Continuous Discussion in HR+ Breast Cancer

Adjuvant Therapy Duration a Continuous Discussion in HR+ Breast Cancer

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Choosing the optimal adjuvant therapy option for a patient with early-stage HR-positive breast cancer should be a continuous discussion with the patient, according to a presentation at SABCS 2017.

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

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WWW is not for the world-wide web, but it is an easy way to remember the 3 w's of communication with patients with advanced disease: wish, worry, wonder.

Language Barrier, Patient Ethnicity Do Not Delay Hospital Treatment in NSCLC

Language Barrier, Patient Ethnicity Do Not Delay Hospital Treatment in NSCLC

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Impact of language barrier and patient ethnicity on time interval from diagnosis to treatment for patients with NSCLC was measured at a public hospital and a private hospital.

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

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When patients and families are holding on to what you don't say, they may use combativeness and being argumentative to keep you — and your words — from bringing them to accept the unacceptable.

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

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A cancer diagnosis often further stigmatizes gay men, particularly those who have not revealed their sexual orientation to others. In this review, CancerCare's Bill Goeren discusses the psychosocial challenges inherent to cancer care for gay men.

Behavior Pain Assessment Tool Measures Pain In Patients Who Cannot Communicate Verbally

Behavior Pain Assessment Tool Measures Pain In Patients Who Cannot Communicate Verbally

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Behavior assessment tool (BPAT) measures pain in critically ill patients who cannot communicate verbally.

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

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Patients who speak to an oncology nurse prior to their first appointment are significantly more likely to be retained for their treatment.

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

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Communication technology improves treatment burden, patient perspectives on oncology care.

Pediatric Patients, Parents Overreport Adherence to ALL Medication Regimen

Pediatric Patients, Parents Overreport Adherence to ALL Medication Regimen

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Pediatric patients and their parents tend to overestimate adherence to anticancer medicine regimen.

Patient, Physician Preferences Inform Guidelines for Discussing Molecular Testing in Cancer Treatment

Patient, Physician Preferences Inform Guidelines for Discussing Molecular Testing in Cancer Treatment

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Study identifies physician and patient preferences about information, who should communicate this information, and what guidelines should guide these discussions.

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

About 20 percent of drugs considered important by physicians were not taken correctly by patients.

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

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Most patients with advanced cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival prognosis than their oncologists because patients misunderstand their oncologists' clinical judgment.

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.

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Those with advanced disease are likely to be more optimistic than their oncologist regarding their prognosis.

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

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A substantial and independent association between individual provider, the treatment center, and type of breast surgery among elderly women with breast cancer suggests the presence of physician and institutional biases. That is the conclusion of a Medicare claims database review presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Patient Illness Understanding Is Influenced by Recent Prognosis and Life Expectancy Discussions With Oncology Clinicians

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Patients with advanced cancer have a better understanding of the terminal nature of their illnesses if they have had recent discussions with their oncologists about prognosis/life expectancy.

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.

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Physician's expertise, time spent in exam room, and online access to info were key factors in trend.

Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment Information Inadequate for Most Men

Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment Information Inadequate for Most Men

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Important discussions about prostate cancer screening and treatment are not occurring between men and their health care team.

Discrepancies Exist Between Patient and Clinician Reports of Adjuvant Chemotherapy-related Adverse Effects

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Patient self-reports of adjuvant chemotherapy-related adverse effects are consistently higher in frequency and greater in severity than physician reports, according to a recent study.

Survey Shows Clinician Opinions on Timing of End-of-life Discussions for Patients With Blood Cancers

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In a survey on end-of-life (EOL) discussions, hematologic oncologists reported that these discussions with patients who have blood cancers occur too late, according to a recent report.

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

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Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

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Patients' constant proximity to nurses gives them opportunities and the ease of familiarity to ask difficult questions. When answering, nurses should remember that part of the answer is the patient's choice of who to ask.

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

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Age-related decline in older patients further complicates their ability to maintain an adequate health literacy level. This discussion presents key points to help nurses improve the health literacy of their older patients.

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

The American College of Physicians (ACP) Health and Public Policy Committee Responsible takes the position that telemedicine can be beneficial when a physician-patient relationship has been established.

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

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Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.

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.

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Available mobile apps allow doctors to use HealthKit data and keep patient records up to date.

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