Special Issue "Psychosocial Interaction between Physicians and Patients"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016)
The quality of life of patients is determined by their physical, psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing. Each must be assessed and managed. Throughout an illness, psychosocial support may be required at each stage of the illness, from diagnosis and treatment and then in facing the issues of survivorship. The issue of whether patients should be routinely screened for psychosocial distress, how that could be achieved, and which patients require intervention is an ongoing area of debate. As evidence for successful management strategies emerge, guidelines for psychosocial support are desirable. Communication between physicians and patients is a key pillar of support. This includes dealing with the shock of a serious diagnosis, clear communication about management options, including symptom control, breaking bad news, communicating with patients who are suffering and communicating about end-of-life issues. These discussions will embrace sensitive areas around physical issues with body image, lifestyle issues, such as those around relationships and sexuality, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and existential distress. The acquisition of these skills by physicians requires ongoing education and increasingly these are addressed within a multidisciplinary team. Furthermore, these interactions must accommodate a full spectrum of ages, socioeconomic circumstances and cultural diversity. We encourage researchers to contribute papers to ensure a rich Special Issue on these topics.
Prof. Dr. Ian Olver
Dr. Megan Best
Manuscript Submission Information
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- physician–patient relations
- spiritual wellbeing