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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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The history of communication skills knowledge and training

The history of communication skills knowledge and training

(p.3) Chapter 1 The history of communication skills knowledge and training
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

Mack Lipkin

Oxford University Press

Most of the history of communication skills knowledge and teaching derives from work and studies done in general medicine, or further afield, rather than in cancer care. Cancer care has been advanced in attempting, as this book reflects, to codify the processes required to accomplish some key goals: to help cancer patients to accept their diagnosis and prognosis; to accept or reject tests and difficult treatments according to their core preferences; to participate in studies; to enable them to participate meaningfully when curative care is futile; and to facilitate dying with dignity. The importance of communication in medicine generally was understood by prehistoric human healers. In 1995, the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare published its authoritative reference text, which covered clinical care, education, and research as an exposition of communication training for internal and family medicine. Since then, although there have been serial syntheses and consensus efforts (always a moving target), the core principles of communication skills training have remained quite stable, once one translates the babble of new language for common concepts.

Keywords:   American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, communication skills, medicine, cancer care, training, dying, cancer patients, healers

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