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Collins ME , Abrahm JL
Communication Challenges at the Crossroads of Oncology and Palliative Care: Finding a Way Forward When Clinicians Differ on Prognosis
J Palliat Care. 2019 Oct;34(4) :241-244
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Abstract
In this article, we present a dialogue between a junior and a seasoned palliative care attending on approaching situations in which clinicians have differing opinions about patients' prognoses. In such situations, we may find a way forward by identifying common ground and exploring patients' and clinicians' values. Specifically, we can ask what constitutes a reasonable quality of life for our patients, and we can explore our colleagues' hopes, worries, and values using familiar communication techniques. Ultimately, we can support and align with both our patients and colleagues and work toward reframing a difficult situation.
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2369-5293 Collins, Molly E Abrahm, Janet L Journal Article United States J Palliat Care. 2018 Nov 28:825859718814767. doi: 10.1177/0825859718814767.