Different perspectives on communication quality and emotional functioning during routine oncology consultations
2012 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 88, no 1, 16-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To determine quality of communication in routine oncology consultations from patient, physician, and observer perspectives, and to determine agreement of emotional function content in consultations from these three perspectives.
Methods: In total, 69 consultations were included. Perceived quality of communication and whether or not emotional functioning had been discussed was evaluated with patient- and physician-reported questionnaires. Observer perspective was evaluated by content analysis of audio records of the consultations. Agreement between perspectives was analyzed and means compared using linear mixed models.
Results: The patients' ratings of communication quality differed significantly from those of both the physician and observer. Observer and physician scores did not differ significantly. Physicians rated emotional functioning as discussed more often than was reported from patient and observer perspectives.
Conclusion: The patients' view of the quality of communication differed from that of the physician and observer. Whether emotional functioning was discussed or not was also perceived differently by patients, physicians, and observer.
Practice implications: The underpinnings and implications of these results need to be further explored regarding how to move toward a higher degree of shared understanding, where different perspectives are more in alignment, and how to develop more valid methods for evaluating communication.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 88, no 1, 16-22 p.
Oncology, Communication, Content analysis, Emotional functioning, Communication analysis, Clinical practice
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179580DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.12.002ISI: 000306541300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179580DiVA: diva2:545380