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Talking about quality of life - the development of a communication training programme for oncologists

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  • R Medicine (General)
  • Rc0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (Including Cancer)
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • Medicine


In a previous study1, cancer patients completed QoL questionnaires and the results were fed back to oncologists before the consultation in order to promote a discussion of patient well-being. This resulted in improved doctor-patient communication and patient QoL scores, but the underlying mechanisms linking the use of patient-reported QoL data in clinical practice to patient outcomes were unclear. It was acknowledged that further understanding of the mediating effects of this intervention was needed, along with the impact of these data on communication and medical decision-making. A training program will be developed, informed by a detailed analysis of the use of patient-reported QoL data in clinical practice

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