Journal article

Helpful communications during the diagnostic period: an interpretive description of patient preferences

S Thorne, J Oliffe, C Kimsing, TG Hislop, K Stajduhar, SR Harris, E-A Armstrong, V Oglov

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010

Abstract

With a diagnosis of cancer, life changes for patients in a profound manner. The window of time known as cancer diagnosis is one of considerable turbulence and distress for patients. Therefore, diagnosis constitutes a time during which communication with healthcare professionals is of particular importance in setting the stage for the way cancer illness will be experienced. Our research explores communications throughout the cancer trajectory from the perspective of patients themselves. We are following a sample of 60 cancer patients, representing a range of tumour sites, from the early diagnostic period through to recovery, chronic, or advanced disease. Using interpretive description analysi..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers