Title

Clinical Update: Communication Issues and Advance Care Planning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2013

Abstract

Objectives

To provide a clinical update on practical strategies to enhance the quality of communication in the palliative and end-of-life medical care settings.

Data Sources

Published articles, textbooks, reports, and clinical experience.

Conclusion

The components of effective and compassionate care throughout the advanced illness trajectory require thoughtful and strategic communication with patients, families, and members of the health care team. Unfortunately, few health care professionals are formally trained in communication skills.

Implications for Nursing Practice

Nurses who possess self-awareness and are skilled in effective communication practices are integral to the provision of high-quality palliative care for patients and families coping with advanced malignancies.

Published In

Seminars in Oncology Nursing

Volume

29

Issue

4

Pages

e1 - e12