Translating Research Into Practice

Communication Skills Training: Using Evidence to Develop Programs That Improve Patient Outcomes

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®

From University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence to: Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125. E-mail: l.kennedysheld@comcast.net


J Adv Pract Oncol 2013;4:172–175 | DOI: 10.6004/jadpro.2013.4.3.5 | © 2013 Harborside Press®


  

ABSTRACT

Communication between health-care professionals and their patients is an element that can make all the difference in how those patients navigate their cancer journey. In a 2011 issue of the Annals of Oncology, Barth and Lannen reported on their systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of communication skills training courses in oncology. In this issue of JADPRO, two authors share their perspectives on the findings of Barth and Lannen and what advanced practitioners (APs) can learn from their research.




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