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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2005 Feb;21(1):11-9.

Communication issues and advance care planning.

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  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA. cmoore@skidmore.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide practical strategies to enhance the quality of communication in the palliative and end-of-life medical care settings.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles, textbooks, and reports.

CONCLUSION:

The components of effective and compassionate care at the end of life require successful communication with patients, families, and members of the health care team. Unfortunately, few health care professionals are formally trained in communication skills.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses who possess self-awareness and are skilled in effective communication practices are integral to the provision of high-quality palliative care for patients and families coping with advanced malignancies.

PMID:
15807052
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