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Communication skills of health-care professionals working in oncology--can they be improved?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18446927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Communication skills' training has been placed high on the agenda by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines and the National Health Service in the UK. The paper reviews the importance of good communication skills in cancer care for the patient and describes research that has identified ways in which health-care professionals (HCP) can improve their communication with patients. The evidence as to why there is a lack of facilitative skills is reviewed along with what skills are required in order to improve communication with patients. The paper describes evidence of increased facilitative skills post-training, discusses whether there is evidence of transfer of these skills into clinical practice and how this might be best achieved. To conclude, research evidence would support the fact that training in communication skills needs to provide the best possible outcomes for HCP and their patients. Patient concerns, needs and preferences need to be elicited and the impact of concerns identified, so that the HCP can appropriately tailor their information giving, advice, treatment and plan of care.
Nicola G Schofield; Claire Green; Francis Creed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1462-3889     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Oncol Nurs     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-29     Completed Date:  2008-05-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100885136     Medline TA:  Eur J Oncol Nurs     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-13     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Psychological Medicine Group, The University of Manchester, Stanley House, The Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4BX, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Attitude to Health
Clinical Competence / standards
Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
Great Britain
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand*
Interviews as Topic
Medical Oncology / education,  standards
Neoplasms / nursing,  psychology
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Assessment
Oncologic Nursing* / education,  standards
Patient Education as Topic
Practice Guidelines as Topic

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