Communication

Less Diversity in PROM Systems Could Improve Assessing Their Practicality for Cancer Patients, Clinicians

Less Diversity in PROM Systems Could Improve Assessing Their Practicality for Cancer Patients, Clinicians

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Researchers report that diversity in PROM systems leads to inconsistent results across a selection of 41 such systems, despite being able to identify their common features.

Oncology Nurses Weigh In on Their Patient-Centered Communication Practices, Needs

Oncology Nurses Weigh In on Their Patient-Centered Communication Practices, Needs

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Responses to a survey demonstrated oncology nurses' perspectives on their training needs on how to effectively communicate with patients regarding disease prognoses, end-of-life issues, and survivorship care.

Presence of Children Not Detrimental to Parental Communications With Oncologists

Presence of Children Not Detrimental to Parental Communications With Oncologists

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Parents can effectively communicate with their child's oncologist when their child is present during consultations at the time of diagnosis.

Oncologist Interpretations of CIPN Symptoms Show Disconnect With Patient Reports

Oncologist Interpretations of CIPN Symptoms Show Disconnect With Patient Reports

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Study sought to determine the degree of accuracy between patients' reports and clinicians' interpretation of CIPN symptoms.

Clinician Opinion Somewhat Favors Use of Shared Decision-making in Older Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Clinician Opinion Somewhat Favors Use of Shared Decision-making in Older Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

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This survey assessed the opinions of oncologists, urologists, and oncology nurses on the use of shared decision-making in older men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Modernizing Eligibility Criteria Could Increase Access to, Participation in Clinical Trials

Modernizing Eligibility Criteria Could Increase Access to, Participation in Clinical Trials

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Researchers sought to determine the association between presence of comorbidities and discussion of clinical trials, as well as the impact on offers and actual participation.

The Role for Wounded Healers in Oncology Nursing

The Role for Wounded Healers in Oncology Nursing

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A reflection on how clinicians' own illness humanizes them as healers.

Nurses and Technology: Professional Use of Internet-Based Searches in Health Care

Nurses and Technology: Professional Use of Internet-Based Searches in Health Care

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How much of what's online is off limits? A review of ethics, principles, and guidelines for nurse and social worker behaviors regarding online searches.

Standardization Could Improve Tumor Board Interpretation, Recommendations

Standardization Could Improve Tumor Board Interpretation, Recommendations

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Using fictional patient profiles and a questionnaire on recommendation procedures, researchers were able to demonstrate a need for standardized tumor board interpretation and recommendation processes worldwide.

'Are We There Yet? How Much Longer?': Deciphering Patients' Persistent Questions

'Are We There Yet? How Much Longer?': Deciphering Patients' Persistent Questions

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How do you answer when the patient or family asks, "What is next?" More importantly, though, you need to recognize if they are asking that question, or is there something else they are really asking.

How Keep/Stop/Start Analysis Can Improve Nursing Practice

How Keep/Stop/Start Analysis Can Improve Nursing Practice

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This simple framework for communicating can be adapted to fit each situation, regardless of it being a nurse-to-patient or a nurse-to-nurse setting.

Effective NP-Physician Comanagement Found to Depend on 3 Vital Attributes

Effective NP-Physician Comanagement Found to Depend on 3 Vital Attributes

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Researchers employed a literature search and in-person qualitative interviews to determine the key elements to successful NP-physician comanagement.

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

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Have you ever thought about what is meant — or understood — when you say to a patient "It's going to be okay"? Hearing an exchange between her grandson and a pediatric nurse prompted Ann Brady to reflect on abbreviated communications.

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

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Suggestions for communication points that improve the experience of patients with cancer through nurse navigation were presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

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The technology will facilitate data entry for patient navigation activities, evaluation of one or more patient navigators (PNs), and generate reports.

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

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A discussion and review of how to develop a successful nurse or patient navigation program is presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

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Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

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A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

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What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

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Medical terminology can be a foreign language — or confusing, at the least — for many patients. Ann Brady uses a patient encounter to illustrate the potential miscommunication inherent in using "medicalese" in patient communication.

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

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A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

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Effectiveness of daily rounding by a multidisciplinary team on improved staff communication and outcomes-oriented, patient-centered care was presented at the 2018 NACNS Annual Conference.

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

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Although many physical expressions are universal, oncology nurses may be challenged to catch notice of more subtle body language from patients or a family member.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Patients With Advanced Cancer Prefer Face-to-Face Communication With Clinicians

Patients With Advanced Cancer Prefer Face-to-Face Communication With Clinicians

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As the use of computers and EHRs increase in health care, results of a study on patients' perception of clinicians who communicate from behind an electronic screen were presented at the 2017 Palliative Care Symposium.

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.

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.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

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Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

The Impact of Minimizing a Cancer Diagnosis

The Impact of Minimizing a Cancer Diagnosis

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Seeing another patient's situation as worse may be a coping mechanism for some patients with cancer, but those patients need to be reminded not to diminish their own disease and treatment.

Low Acculturated Latina Women Reported Breast Cancer Treatment Experience Differently Than Other Groups

Low Acculturated Latina Women Reported Breast Cancer Treatment Experience Differently Than Other Groups

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Researchers found that low acculturated Latina women were moderately less satisfied with surgeon and oncology communication compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

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