The use of a contractor to make home repairs offers an interesting analogy to the shared decision-making experience.
Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.
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.
Responses from the 2017 Patient-Provider Relationship Study indicate that most patients want greater connectivity, more online tools, and additional time with doctors.
Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.
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.
Cultural humility is a different perspective on nurse-patient communication than cultural competence. Eucharia Borden, an oncology social worker, explains their difference and how it can improve your care for patients of minority cultures.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 assessment tool (BPAT) measures pain in critically ill patients who cannot communicate verbally.
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 perspectives on oncology care.
Pediatric patients and their parents tend to overestimate adherence to anticancer medicine regimen.
Patient, Physician Preferences Inform Guidelines for Discussing Molecular Testing in Cancer TreatmentFebruary 16, 2017
Study identifies physician and patient preferences about information, who should communicate this information, and what guidelines should guide these discussions.
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 OncologistsJuly 27, 2016
Most patients with advanced cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival prognosis than their oncologists because patients misunderstand their oncologists' clinical judgment.
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.
Those with advanced disease are likely to be more optimistic than their oncologist regarding their prognosis.
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 CliniciansMay 31, 2016
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.
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.
Physician's expertise, time spent in exam room, and online access to info were key factors in trend.
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 EffectsJanuary 05, 2016
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 CancersJanuary 04, 2016
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.
Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.
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.
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