Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Cancer Educ. 1997 Fall;12(3):166-73.

Improving physician-patient communication in cancer care: outcome of a workshop for oncologists.

Author information

1
University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Houston 77030, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physicians caring for cancer patients receive little formal training in difficult communications such as breaking bad news, discussing life support, and addressing patients' emotional concerns.

METHODS:

The authors conducted a three-day workshop in communication skills for nine oncology attendings and three fellows. Topics for the workshop were selected by participants by a pre-workshop questionnaire. Small groups of four to five participants interviewed simulated patients who role-played scripts based on the selected topics. Sessions on self-awareness and one on planning for continuing the work of the group after the workshop were included.

RESULTS:

Responses to pretest and posttest questionnaires showed that the workshop increased the participants' confidence in a number of communication areas and also in managing physician burnout. Process issues such as patient death and expectations for cure were also discussed.

CONCLUSION:

Interactive workshops offer a promising way of teaching communication skills and aspects of the physician-patient relationship to oncologists. Conclusions regarding outcome, however, are preliminary and tentative, and long-term results are uncertain.

PMID:
9376255
DOI:
10.1080/08858199709528481
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Support Center