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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

Edited by David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow and Ilora Finlay

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199238361
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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This book provides clinicians with practical and evidence-based guidelines to achieve effective, patient-centred communication in the areas of cancer and palliative care. It breaks communication down into key modules that cover the life-cycle of cancer care and includes coverage of diagnosis and treatment including clinical trials, empathic support in response to distress, transition to survivorship or palliative therapies, discussion of prognosis, conduct of family meetings, and care of the dying. Complementary training of cancer patients in their communication with the doctor completes the interactive dyad. The art of teaching, impact of gender and power in the consultation and the ethical context are carefully considered. Special communication challenges include discussion of genetic risk, rehabilitative and salvage surgery, promotion of treatment adherence, unanticipated adverse outcomes, intercultural issues, and fertility and sexuality. The value of decision aides, question prompt lists, audio-recording of consultations and use of the internet is illustrated. Theoretical models are examined from the medical school to the highly specialized practice, facilitation training and actor training are made explicit, and international approaches to communication skills training are compared and contrasted. Finally, research tools that assist in coding cancer consultations, evaluating training courses, and employing mixed methods in studies aid the reader in providing clear and sensitive communication when handling challenging situations whilst treating cancer sufferers and palliative care patients.

Keywords: patient-centred communication; cancer; palliative care; salvage surgery; treatment adherence; intercultural issues; diagnosis; training; sexuality; clinical trials

Book.  776 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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The history of communication skills knowledge and training in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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The art of teaching communication skills in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Theoretical models of communication skills training in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Shared treatment decision-making and the use of decision-aids in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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The ethics of communication in cancer and palliative care in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Gender, power, and non-verbal communication in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Medical student training in communication skills in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Enhancing cancer patients' participation in medical consultations in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Breaking bad news in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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Discussing prognosis and communicating risk in Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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