Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients

Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients

by Anthony Back
ISBN-10:
0521706181
ISBN-13:
9780521706186
Pub. Date:
03/31/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Overview

Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients

Physicians who care for patients with life-threatening illnesses face daunting communication challenges. Patients and family members can react to difficult news with sadness, distress, anger, or denial. This book defines the specific communication tasks involved in talking with patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Topics include delivering bad news, transition to palliative care, discussing goals of advance-care planning and do-not-resuscitate orders, existential and spiritual issues, family conferences, medical futility, and other conflicts at the end of life. Drs. Anthony Back, Robert Arnold, and James Tulsky bring together empirical research as well as their own experience to provide a roadmap through difficult conversations about life-threatening issues. The book offers both a theoretical framework and practical conversational tools that the practicing physician and clinician can use to improve communication skills, increase satisfaction, and protect themselves from burnout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521706186
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 284,627
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Taking your skills to the next level; 2. Getting a good start; 3. Talking about serious news; 4. Making treatment decisions; 5. Discussing prognosis; 6. Between the big events; 7. Conducting a family conference; 8. Dealing with conflicts; 9. Transitions to end of life care; 10. Talking about dying; 11. Cultivating your skills.

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