Changing communication needs and preferences across the cancer care trajectory: insights from the patient perspective

Thorne, Sally, Hislop, T. Gregory, Kim-Sing, Charmaine, Oglov, Valerie, Oliffe, John L. and Stajduhar, Kelli I. (2014) Changing communication needs and preferences across the cancer care trajectory: insights from the patient perspective. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 4: 1009-1015. doi:10.1007/s00520-013-2056-4

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Author Thorne, Sally
Hislop, T. Gregory
Kim-Sing, Charmaine
Oglov, Valerie
Oliffe, John L.
Stajduhar, Kelli I.
Title Changing communication needs and preferences across the cancer care trajectory: insights from the patient perspective
Journal name Supportive Care in Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0941-4355
1433-7339
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-013-2056-4
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 1009
End page 1015
Total pages 7
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose
In this program of research, we sought to expand our understanding of how cancer patients' communication needs and preferences change across the course of their illness trajectory. To address known limitations in the empirical knowledge base, we designed a study capitalizing on representative patient reports as they occurred within time and across experience obtaining care for this disease.

Methods

We used a longitudinal cohort design informed by interpretive description methodology to follow 125 patients over a multi-year period as they reflected on their ongoing experiences with cancer care communication.

Results

In relation to each phase of their cancer care trajectory, patients identified tension points and contextual challenges impinging on what they felt constituted helpful and unhelpful patient–provider communication.

Conclusions

Findings from this study create a dynamic portrait of how we can better inform communication approaches and interventions through interpretations of population knowledge and individual experience.
Keyword Communication
Cancer experience
Physician-patient relationship
Psychosocial oncology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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