Cancer, Culture and Communication / Edition 1

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Overview

The ability to communicate effectively with cancer patients and their family members has been linked to patient satisfaction, reduced psychological morbidity, enhanced health and reduced clinician "burn-out". Yet, despite what we know about the benefits of effective communication, cancer clinicians have only recently begun to receive routine training in the psychosocial and emotional aspects of cancer patient care.

This volume creates a multi-disciplinary dialogue about clinician-patient communication. It offers a description of the relevance of culture as a contextual effect that impacts the clinician-patient relationship. Some important topics addressed include:

-Oncology care;

-Quality of life issues;

-Supportive survivorship;

-Cultural differences in health care;

-Multidisciplinary medical approaches.

This book is for physicians, nurses, hospice and palliative care professionals and public health professionals who would like to understand the ways we can improve clinician-patient communication in culturally diverse medical settings. It is also suitable for graduate level courses in medical education, oncology, and health care.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This important scholarly volume provides a powerful description of the relevance of culture as a critical context effect that dramatically influences provider-consumer communication and health outcomes in the Western context of cancer care. Culture is illustrated in the book's chapters as a pervasive variable, encompassing linguistic, national, ethnic, age, gender, socio-economic, and even professional beliefs, framing health care providers' and consumers' expectations and responses to cancer care. To be effective, communication in cancer care must be responsive to the cultural beliefs, values, and attitudes that participants bring to the health care setting. Culturally sensitive communication in cancer care can take advantage of distinct context effects for therapeutic benefit. This book provides the reader with a vivid sense of the powerful cultural issues that face provider-consumer communication in oncology, and also suggests strategies for adapting cancer communication to meet unique cultural demands."
(Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute)
"In order to have meaningful communication between clinicians and patients, it is essential there is mutual understanding of each other's cultures. There is diversity across ethnic groups and equally important within ethnic groups. This book reinforces the importance of culture as a context for cancer care and introduces the reader to strategies for understanding how we all represent our own culture and how to communicate with each other to enhance our life experiences. The book needs to become required reading for clinicians from all disciplines."
(Ruth McCorkle, Ph.D., Director, Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, Yale University School of Nursing)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306478857
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Part I: Cancer across Cultures

Chapter 2 – Culture and Oncology: Impact of Context Effects

Chapter 3- Quality of Life in Culturally Diverse Cancer Patients

Chapter 4- Cancer and Aging: A Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Analysis

Chapter 5 – Children with Cancer: Cultural Differences in Communication between the United States and the United Kingdom

Chapter 6 – Cancer Risk Assessment: Clinically Relevant Information is Key

Part II: Cancer Interventions across Cultures

Chapter 7- Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle as the Definitive Means of Cancer Control

Chapter 8 – Cross-Cultural Aspects of Cancer Care

Part III: Symptoms and Their Management across Cultures

Chapter 9 – The Cultural Experience of Cancer Pain

Chapter 10 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer

Part IV: Dying and Death in Different Cultures

Chapter 11- Bereavement across Cultures

Chapter 12 – The Unmet Need: Addressing Spirituality and Meaning through Culturally Sensitive Communication and Intervention

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