Disclosing terminal diagnosis to children and their families: palliative professionals' communication barriers

Jane Coad, Reena Patel, S. Murray

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    Abstract

    Few studies have fully explored the problem of communication barriers in pediatric palliative care, particularly the detrimental effects of poor interaction between staff and families on children's health and well-being. A literature review was undertaken to expand the current body of knowledge about staff to patient communications. Articles meeting the inclusion criteria (N = 15) were systematically read and summarized using a data extraction sheet. A narrative synthesis identified 5 overarching themes as barriers to communication. Improvements in staff education and individualized palliative care plans for children and their families may help to overcome communication barriers. Publisher statement: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Death Studies copyright Taylor & Francis. Death Studies is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07481187.2012.753555.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)302-307
    JournalDeath Studies
    Volume38
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Death Studies copyright Taylor & Francis. Death Studies is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07481187.2012.753555.

    Keywords

    • communication barriers
    • diagnosis
    • palliative care
    • children
    • young people
    • staff competence

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