Journal article

Towards better communication in cancer care: a framework for developing evidence-based interventions

PE Schofield, PN Butow

PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

Increasing recognition of the complexity and difficulty of communication in patient care has led to a burgeoning but chaotic literature that tends to be incomplete on any one topic. A co-ordinated, planned approach is required to facilitate the rapid development and implementation of evidence-based interventions in this area. We propose a seven-stage model of communication research that is designed to provide clear directions to improve communication in cancer care. The stages are: (1) identification of communication difficulties; (2) documentation of patient and clinician views; (3) identification of practices associated with better outcomes; (4) the development of evidence-based guidelines..

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