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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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Communication challenges with the elderly

Communication challenges with the elderly

(p.531) Chapter 46 Communication challenges with the elderly
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

Ron Adelman

Michelle Green

Oxford University Press

With the present explosive growth of the elderly population and its extensive use of health services, surprisingly little is known about how physicians communicate with older patients. Relatively few studies have focused specifically on physician–older patient communication. This chapter first highlights some distinct aspects of the physician–older patient encounter that influence communication. It then describes a range of communication issues that may have particular meaning for health professionals caring for older patients who are diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening disease, undergoing treatment for this, or requiring palliative approaches that provide symptom relief. If one conceptualises the ageing population to include individuals from sixty-five years of age to death, old age may encompass a span of as many as thirty-five years or more. This chapter also discusses attitudes toward age and ageing, geriatric medicine, strategies for improving the relationship between physicians and older patients, and communication issues in palliative care.

Keywords:   communication, older patients, age, ageing, physicians, geriatric medicine, palliative care, old age

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