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Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 15; doi:10.3390/bs7010015

Communication Matters: Exploring the Intersection of Family and Practitioner End of Life Communication

School of Communication, Western Michigan University, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-5318, USA
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Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 15 March 2017 / Accepted: 15 March 2017 / Published: 19 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Communication at the End of Life)
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Abstract

After establishing a baseline understanding of some of the factors that influence and shape family end of life communication, empirical research centered on the communication tendencies of nationally-recognized palliative care clinicians is presented. Because death is no longer confined to the bedroom and individuals are increasingly turning to hospitals and health care institutes to assist with end of life, the role of palliative care practitioners is vital. To that end, common communication-rooted issues that may transpire among various medical personnel are explored. Focus on a shared underlying tension—care vs. cure—links the findings between family and palliative care clinician communication regarding end of life. Practical communication solutions and suggestions are offered to facilitate productive and mindful end of life communication between and among family members and health care practitioners. View Full-Text
Keywords: end of life communication; palliative care; contemporary approaches to end of life; dialectic tensions end of life communication; palliative care; contemporary approaches to end of life; dialectic tensions
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Omilion-Hodges, L.M.; Swords, N.M. Communication Matters: Exploring the Intersection of Family and Practitioner End of Life Communication. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 15.

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