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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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Psychosocial programme development

Psychosocial programme development

(p.521) Chapter 45 Psychosocial programme development
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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There are always challenges to the initiation of new programmes in healthcare, especially given the propensity for politics to dominate decision-making in the healthcare system. Consequently, programmes that may intuitively be in the best interest of patients, even those supported by good science, often have to wait. Clearly then, we must learn to effectively communicate who we are, what we do, and how we can improve healthcare outcomes in a biopsychosocial world. In psychosocial oncology these communication issues are ubiquitous. This chapter discusses the impact of the psychosocial aspects of cancer and why psychosocial programme development should be considered as a key piece of the armamentarium in the fight against cancer. It also looks at communication strategies that might prove helpful for the development of psychosocial oncology programmes. A number of large studies exist that identify emotional distress as a significant challenge to cancer patients. This chapter examines the role of psychosocial oncology in comprehensive cancer care and the business aspects of psychosocial care.

Keywords:   psychosocial oncology, cancer, communication, psychosocial care, cancer patients, emotional distress, cancer care

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