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The ability to communicate effectively with cancer patients and their family members has been linked to patient satisfaction, reduced psychological morbidity, enhanced health and reduced clinician "burn-out". Yet, despite what we know about the benefits of effective communication, cancer clinicians have only recently begun to receive routine training in the psychosocial and emotional aspects of cancer patient care. This volume creates a multi-disciplinary dialogue about clinician-patient communication. It offers a description of the relevance of culture as a contextual effect that impacts the clinician-patient relationship. Some important topics addressed include:
-Quality of life issues;
-Cultural differences in health care;
-Multidisciplinary medical approaches.
This book is for physicians, nurses, hospice and palliative care professionals and public health professionals who would like to understand the ways we can improve clinician-patient communication in culturally diverse medical settings. It is also suitable for graduate level courses in medical education, oncology, and health care.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Public Health - aging - assessment - cancer prevention - morbidity - prevention - quality of life
Chapter 1 – Introduction Part I: Cancer across Cultures Chapter 2 – Culture and Oncology: Impact of Context Effects Chapter 3- Quality of Life in Culturally Diverse Cancer Patients Chapter 4- Cancer and Aging: A Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Analysis Chapter 5 – Children with Cancer: Cultural Differences in Communication between the United States and the United Kingdom Chapter 6 – Cancer Risk Assessment: Clinically Relevant Information is Key Part II: Cancer Interventions across Cultures Chapter 7- Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle as the Definitive Means of Cancer Control Chapter 8 – Cross-Cultural Aspects of Cancer Care Part III: Symptoms and Their Management across Cultures Chapter 9 – The Cultural Experience of Cancer Pain Chapter 10 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer Part IV: Dying and Death in Different Cultures Chapter 11- Bereavement across Cultures Chapter 12 – The Unmet Need: Addressing Spirituality and Meaning through Culturally Sensitive Communication and Intervention