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Clinician–Patient Communication: Evidence-Based Recommendations to Guide Practice in Cancer

by 1,*, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 for the Clinician–Patient Communications Working Panel
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Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Palliative Care Services, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Supportive Care Program, Supportive Care Oncology Research Unit and Sudbury Genetic Counselling Services, Regional Cancer Program of the Hôpital Régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital, Sudbury, ON, Canada
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Oncology Nursing Research, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, ON, Canada
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Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Health Information Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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McMaster University and Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence-Based Care, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Curr. Oncol. 2009, 16(6), 42-49; https://doi.org/10.3747/co.v16i6.432
Received: 3 September 2009 / Revised: 8 October 2009 / Accepted: 12 November 2009 / Published: 1 December 2009
Goals of Work: To develop recommendations for effective communication between cancer health care providers and patients based on a systematic review of methods of clinician–patient communication that may affect patient outcomes associated with distress at critical points in the course of cancer care. Materials and Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted, and evidence-based recommendations were formulated to guide clinician–patient communication in cancer care. A formal external review was conducted to validate the relevance of these recommendations. Main Results: Recommendations for communication in cancer care are presented, based on (1) guidelines from the Australian National Breast Cancer Centre and the Australian National Cancer Control Initiative, (2) an updated systematic review of the research evidence, and (3) a consensus by the Clinician–Patient Communications Working Panel of the Program in Evidence-Based Care of Cancer Care Ontario. The recommendations were sent to 110 Ontario practitioners for external review: 33 responded (30% response rate). Most of these respondents (87%) agreed with the draft recommendations and approved of their use as a practice guideline (90%). A condensed version of the recommendations, including 10 key points, was also created. Conclusions: There is evidence to support general clinician–patient communication approaches, although the preferences of cancer patients regarding such communication exhibit individual and cultural variability. Recommendations are provided, based on evidence, the consensus of an expert panel, and feedback from a survey of external practitioners. Evidence evaluating the role of decision aids and strategies to facilitate better communication is inconsistent, although such tools may be of value for some patients.
Keywords: practice guideline; systematic review; cancer; communication; relationships practice guideline; systematic review; cancer; communication; relationships
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Rodin, G.; Zimmermann, C.; Mayer, C.; Howell, D.; Katz, M.; Sussman, J.; Mackay, J.A.; Brouwers, M., for the Clinician–Patient Communications Working Panel. Clinician–Patient Communication: Evidence-Based Recommendations to Guide Practice in Cancer. Curr. Oncol. 2009, 16, 42-49. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.v16i6.432

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Rodin G, Zimmermann C, Mayer C, Howell D, Katz M, Sussman J, Mackay JA, Brouwers M for the Clinician–Patient Communications Working Panel. Clinician–Patient Communication: Evidence-Based Recommendations to Guide Practice in Cancer. Current Oncology. 2009; 16(6):42-49. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.v16i6.432

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Rodin, G.; Zimmermann, C.; Mayer, C.; Howell, D.; Katz, M.; Sussman, J.; Mackay, J. A.; Brouwers, M. for the Clinician–Patient Communications Working Panel 2009. "Clinician–Patient Communication: Evidence-Based Recommendations to Guide Practice in Cancer" Curr. Oncol. 16, no. 6: 42-49. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.v16i6.432

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