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Communication in care of the dying

Susie Wilkinson

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0005
Communication in care of the dying

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This chapter discusses a major component of the successful delivery of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP): communication, specifically with patients and their carers. The chapter further elaborates the skills that facilitate communication, as well as the blocking tactics that can hinder communication. It then touches on a difficult subject: how healthcare professionals can handle tough questions posed by dying patients, such as ‘Am I dying?’. The chapter moves on to communicating with the patient's family and relatives, dealing with the cultural issues in communication, and the challenges of working with colleagues.

Keywords: communication; skills; blocking tactics; family; cultural issues; challenges; colleagues

Chapter.  8596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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