Care Not Cure: Dialogues at the Transition
Care of the patient with cancer is a series of communication events. One of the most difficult tasks is talking with patients and families when all available and appropriate anti-cancer treatments fail to cure or control the disease, and the hope shifts toward more realistic goals that focus on quality of life not longevity.
This workshop alternates brief didactic presentations with increasingly interactive exercises and discussions based on video cases. The didactics draw on specific skills drawn from the cancer communication literature, and a conceptual model that parallels the tasks of patient care:
- RELATE (elicit concerns and preferences for information and decision-making)
- REVIEW (achieve a shared understanding of data and its meaning)
- REVISE (re-define and expand the goals and methods of care)
- REFLECT (pause to consider how this transition affects your roles and relationships with patients and families, and where you find your resources and rewards)
The focus is on learning from colleagues and on transferring skills into the practice setting.
This half-day program can be given in divided segments as necessary. It draws on the cancer communication literature but works well for clinicians in other specialties and for interdisciplinary teams. The workshop materials include a workbook with the text of the slides and cases, an extensive annotated bibliography, and follow-up exercises.
- Duration 1/2 Day, 1 Day
- Accreditation Approved for CE
- Available To Clinicians