This patient case demonstrates the challenge of remotely communicating when a patient’s family confuses the medical meaning with the social meaning of the words used to explain the patient’s condition.
For this study, patients with a variety of stage IV solid tumors were asked if they would be surprised if they died within the next year.
Despite some concerns, a survey of physicians and patients with cancer at a Houston cancer center showed satisfaction among both groups.
The uncertainty experienced due to COVID can be used to better understand the loss a patient with cancer faces after diagnosis.
“Telechaplaincy” involves the use of telecommunications, including telephone calls, videos, and videoconferencing, to provide religious/spiritual care.
To build resiliency while facing the challenges of COVID-19, nurses should keep this variation of an old adage close to heart: “Treat yourself as you treat others.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we communicate with co-workers, patients, and ourselves, as well as how we adapt to changes.
Inspirational words can help patients with cancer and their loved ones rally, but sometimes what is needed is reflective questioning to help them acknowledge how exhausting the fight is for the patient.
Ann Brady suggests a way to help patients who are asked to make a decision between two difficult options.
A jovial message from a patient confirmed the value of counseling patients taking opioids for cancer pain on good BM practices.