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The Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care (O'Hair, Kreps, Sparks)

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Title: The Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care (O'Hair, Kreps, Sparks)
Editor(s): Dan O’Hair, Gary L. Kreps, and Lisa Sparks
Publish Date: June 2007
Pages: 436
Format: Cloth
The Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care is a major new compendium of state-of-the-art readings concerning the powerful influences of human and mediated communication to enable health care consumers and providers to get the most out of cancer care. Cancer case is a multifaceted process involving scores of medical personnel, numerous teams of care delivery, and a large investment on the part of the patient and his/her family. Cancer is not just a physical challenge to patients, family members, and health care providers, but also poses significant psychological and communicative challenges. Cancer is a health problem that demands attention, examination, and decision making. An extraordinary number of communication issues must be considered in the conduct of cancer care, including gathering and interpreting relevant health information, eliciting coordination among interdependent patients, providers, and family members, and/or caregivers, and providing social support and promoting psychosocial adjustment.

The contributors to this volume provide compelling analyses of the way communication enhances cancer care. Although health communication processes are understood much better than they were even 10 years ago, there is still much work to be done to arrive at levels of excellence in cancer care and communication. It is important to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in effective and appropriate communication with cancer patients across the continuum of cancer care from diagnosis to survivorship.

Effective health communication is the crucial link that can provide and encourage cancer prevention, inform cancer detection and diagnosis, guide cancer treatment, support successful cancer survivorship, and finally to promote the best end-of-life care. To influence entrenched health behaviors, communicative messages of all types need to be relevant and compelling, with appropriate and relevant health information that provides direction and rationale for making the best health-related decisions and adopting health-preserving behaviors. This Handbook provides important insights into the ways health care consumers and providers can acquire and use communication to effectively confront cancer.

Contents: Conceptualizing Cancer Care and Communication, Dan O’Hair, Gary L. Kreps, and Lisa Sparks. PROVIDERS, PATIENTS, COMMUNICATION, AND OUTCOMES. Importance of Physicians’ Communication Behavior Across the Cancer Care Continuum, Lila J. Finney Rutten and Neeraj K. Arora. Health Care Partnership Model of Doctor-Patient Communication in Cancer Prevention and Care Among the Aged, Eva Kahana and Boaz Kahana. Health Communication Technology and Quality Cancer Care, Linda M. Harris, Connie Dresser, and Gary L. Kreps. Communication, Adherence, and Outcomes of Cancer Prevention and Treatment: Recommendations for Future Research, M. Robin DiMatteo. CONTEXTUAL ISSUES. Communication in Context: New Directions in Communication Research, JM Bensing, AM van Dulmen, and K. Tates. Environmental Influences on Cancer Care and Communication, Gerald Ledlow, Scott Moore, and Dan O’Hair. Public Advocacy for Cancer Care: History Background, and Rationale for Advocacy, Paula Kim. SELF, IDENTITY, AND SUPPORT. Agency, Identity, and Cancer Care, Melinda Morris Villagran, Laura Jones, and Dan O’Hair. Cancer, Communication, and the Social Construction of Self: Modeling the Construction of Self in Survivorship, Jean Richey and Jin Brown. Becoming an Effective Advocate/Caregiver: Experiential Knowledge from Women’s “Third Shift” with Cancer Patients and Other Care Receivers, Terri Babers, Pamela McWherter, and Jin Brown. Communication and Support Groups for People Living With Cancer, Kevin Wright and Larry Frey. Spiritual Care, Kenneth Brown. SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS. Cancer Care and the Aging Patient: Complexities of Age-Related Communication Barriers, Lisa Sparks. Consumer-Provider Communication Research with Special Populations, Amelie G. Ramirez. Communication and Childhood Cancer, Mary Husain and Scott Moore. TREATMENT ISSUES. Narrative Research in Palliative Care: Exploring the Benefits, Sandra Ragan and Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles. Communication and Cancer Hospice Care: Toward Negotiating Attitudinal, J. L Query, Kevin B. Wright, and Eileen Gilchrist. Care Not Cure: Dialogues at the Transition, Geoffrey H. Gordon. PATIENT SKILLS, CONTROL, AND DECISION MAKING. Cancer Patients as Active Participants in Their Care, Edward Krupat and Julie Irish. Concordance and Communication in Cancer Management, Betty Chewning and Carol Hermansen Kobulnicky. Cancer Information on the Internet, Bernie Kerr. Patient Participation, Health Information, and Communication Skills Training: Implications for Cancer Patients, Donald J. Cegala. Identifying Research Traditions Appropriate for Cancer Care and Communication, Dan O’Hair. Author Index. Subject Index.

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