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Article Dans Une Revue Current Oncology Reports Année : 2021

Discussing Prognosis with Empathy to Cancer Patients


Purpose of Review: Our goal was to provide healthcare professionals (HCPs) with evidence-based data about what can be done to handle prognostic discussions with empathy. Recent Findings: First, disclosing prognosis involves a good reason to do so and making sure that the patient will be able to process the discussion. Second, communication tips are given for the three dimensions of empathy: “establishing rapport with the patient,” which should not be overlooked; the emotional dimension, which involves an accurate understanding of the patient and communication skills; and the “active/positive” dimension which is about giving hope, explaining things clearly and helping patients take control with shared decision-making and a planned future. Summary: Although communication tips are helpful, empathy training should be based more on the development of HCPs’ emotional skills, in order to help them regulate their emotions and thus be more comfortable with those of patients and families. Furthermore, research into empathy toward minorities and relatives is needed.
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hal-04452645 , version 1 (12-02-2024)



Sophie Lelorain. Discussing Prognosis with Empathy to Cancer Patients. Current Oncology Reports, 2021, Current Oncology Reports, 23 (4), ⟨10.1007/s11912-021-01027-9⟩. ⟨hal-04452645⟩
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