Information giving and receiving in hematological malignancy consultations.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Psycho-oncology, Volume 21, Issue 3, p.297-306 (2012)

Keywords:

2012, Adult, Aged, Clinical Research Division, Communication, Female, Hematologic Neoplasms, Humans, Male, May 2012, Medical Oncology, Middle Aged, Patient Participation, Physician-Patient Relations, Physicians

Abstract:

Little is known about communication with patients suffering from hematologic malignancies, many of whom are seen by subspecialists in consultation at tertiary-care centers. These subspecialized consultations might provide the best examples of optimal physician-patient communication behaviors, given that these consultations tend to be lengthy, to occur between individuals who have not met before and may have no intention of an ongoing relationship, and which have a goal of providing treatment recommendations. The aim of this paper is to describe and quantify the content of the subspecialty consultation in regards to exchanging information and identify patient and provider characteristics associated with discussion elements.