Title

Communication Issues and Advance Care Planning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

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

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles, textbooks, and reports.

CONCLUSION:

The components of effective and compassionate care at the end of life require successful 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

21

Issue

1

Pages

11-19