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Vol 8, No 4 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2010-02-01
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Communication in palliative care

Justyna Kleja, Iwona Filipczak-Bryniarska, Jerzy Wordliczek
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(4):147-152.

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Vol 8, No 4 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2010-02-01

Abstract

Communication consists in an intentional exchange of verbal and non-verbal signs (symbols) undertaken in order to improve cooperation or share meanings among partners. The communication occurs on many levels, from the intrapersonal through interpersonal (involving a group), to the public level.
In the context of palliative care, special importance is gained by the basic social behaviours, such as the ability to conduct a conversation. Communicativeness is a skill that is not only acquired through experience, but also through professional training. The interest of the interdisciplinary team requires improvement of the qualifications of its members in this respect. Only through full cooperation with the patient and the family, which will take into account the emotions and needs, can one negotiate common goals concerning care. Interdisciplinary team members should ensure proper communication in order to ensure the provision of optimal support to the patient and the family.

Abstract

Communication consists in an intentional exchange of verbal and non-verbal signs (symbols) undertaken in order to improve cooperation or share meanings among partners. The communication occurs on many levels, from the intrapersonal through interpersonal (involving a group), to the public level.
In the context of palliative care, special importance is gained by the basic social behaviours, such as the ability to conduct a conversation. Communicativeness is a skill that is not only acquired through experience, but also through professional training. The interest of the interdisciplinary team requires improvement of the qualifications of its members in this respect. Only through full cooperation with the patient and the family, which will take into account the emotions and needs, can one negotiate common goals concerning care. Interdisciplinary team members should ensure proper communication in order to ensure the provision of optimal support to the patient and the family.
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Keywords

communication; interdisciplinary team; truth telling

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Title

Communication in palliative care

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 8, No 4 (2009)

Pages

147-152

Published online

2010-02-01

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(4):147-152.

Keywords

communication
interdisciplinary team
truth telling

Authors

Justyna Kleja
Iwona Filipczak-Bryniarska
Jerzy Wordliczek

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