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Palliative MedicineA case-based manual$
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Doreen Oneschuk, Neil Hagen, and Neil MacDonald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.001.0001

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Communication in advanced illness

Communication in advanced illness

(p.1) Chapter 1 Communication in advanced illness
Palliative Medicine

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Camilla Zimmermann

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This chapter presents a case study to illustrate the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required for communication in advanced illness. It addresses several questions such as: What are the basic principles of patient-physician communication in palliative care? What are the common barriers to effective communication? When faced with abnormal test results or findings, how do you discuss these, and how much do you discuss? What is known about patient wishes and physician practices with regard to breaking bad news? What skills and techniques can a physician use when breaking bad news? How to respond to requests from family or friends for information about a patient? How to respond to the patient's questions about their prognosis and planning for the future?

Keywords:   palliative care, medical education, abnormal test results, patient-physician communication, communication skills, patient care, cancer patients

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