Title

Communicating a Terminal Diagnosis

Presenter Information

michelle a. lewis-austinFollow

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Kim Hudson-Gallogly

Location

Room 269 Open Classroom

Start Date

4-4-2013 12:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2013 1:45 PM

Description/Abstract

Abstract

Communicating a Terminal Diagnosis

Michelle Lewis-Austin

Direct observation of Health Care Providers skills when communicating a terminal diagnosis has proven to be inconsistent, unprofessional and often led to poorly made decisions by patients and family members. A review of existing literature has supported this observation. In a study conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, less than 1/3 of oncologists stated that their training helped them to communicate with dying patients or transitioning goals of care. Others reported trial and error as their method of navigating this process in an attempt to yield successful and satisfying outcomes (Jackson, Mack, Matsuyama, Lakoma, Sullivan, Arnold, Weeks, Block, 2008). Another contributing factor was the lack of understanding of the components necessary to make this successful, especially regarding the needs of the patient and family. A cross sectional survey conducted by Rodriguez and Young (2005) found that keeping patients informed of their health status enabled them to make informed choices about the rest of their lives. A recent survey of novice Family Nurse Practitioners confirmed the above findings with 95 percent agreeing that they were not prepared for such a task either through education or exposure in their clinical settings. It is therefore imperative that the Healthcare Practitioner be equipped ensuring patient and family satisfaction while simultaneously increasing the practitioners’ confidence in delivering a terminal diagnosis.

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Apr 4th, 12:30 PM Apr 4th, 1:45 PM

Communicating a Terminal Diagnosis

Room 269 Open Classroom

Abstract

Communicating a Terminal Diagnosis

Michelle Lewis-Austin

Direct observation of Health Care Providers skills when communicating a terminal diagnosis has proven to be inconsistent, unprofessional and often led to poorly made decisions by patients and family members. A review of existing literature has supported this observation. In a study conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, less than 1/3 of oncologists stated that their training helped them to communicate with dying patients or transitioning goals of care. Others reported trial and error as their method of navigating this process in an attempt to yield successful and satisfying outcomes (Jackson, Mack, Matsuyama, Lakoma, Sullivan, Arnold, Weeks, Block, 2008). Another contributing factor was the lack of understanding of the components necessary to make this successful, especially regarding the needs of the patient and family. A cross sectional survey conducted by Rodriguez and Young (2005) found that keeping patients informed of their health status enabled them to make informed choices about the rest of their lives. A recent survey of novice Family Nurse Practitioners confirmed the above findings with 95 percent agreeing that they were not prepared for such a task either through education or exposure in their clinical settings. It is therefore imperative that the Healthcare Practitioner be equipped ensuring patient and family satisfaction while simultaneously increasing the practitioners’ confidence in delivering a terminal diagnosis.

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