Directly observed patient-physician discussions in palliative and end-of-life care: A systematic review of the literature Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Choice Behavior
  • Communication
  • Hospices
  • Palliative Care
  • Physician-Patient Relations

abstract

  • This study demonstrates that direct observation methods can be feasibly used when studying physician-patient/physician-family communication in palliative/end-of-life care, but few investigations have utilized this approach. This article highlights areas that need improvement, including physicians' ability to address patient/family emotional issues and provide what patients and families find most satisfying (participation and support). A particular focus on older patients and patients with end-stage or late-stage chronic (noncancer) illness, the adaptation/application of existing communication measurement tools to capture palliative care communication issues, and development of corresponding outcome measures to assess impact is now needed.

publication date

  • May 2010

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2938894

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/jpm.2009.0388

PubMed ID

  • 20491550

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 595

end page

  • 603

volume

  • 13

number

  • 5