[Editorial] Too hot, too cold or can we get it just right? What emotional distance should oncologists keep from their patients?

Bloomfield, D, Fallowfield, L, May, S and Jenkins, V (2016) [Editorial] Too hot, too cold or can we get it just right? What emotional distance should oncologists keep from their patients? Clinical Oncology. ISSN 0936-6555

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Restricted to SRO admin only until 31 December 2017.

Download (241kB)

Abstract

Cancer clinicians frequently deal with emotionally challenging situations such as discussing the diagnosis or prognosis and transitions to palliative care with patients and their families. The doctor/patient relationship may be short and intensive or one lasting for many years. Until fairly recently, a formal paternalistic relationship was the norm in medicine; this has now been replaced by a more patient-centred approach. An unintended consequence of the move towards less formal relationships may be the loss of the emotional protection to the doctor.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Oncologist, Cancer, Communications, diagnosis, doctor, patient, emotional
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology Including cancer and carcinogens
Depositing User: Tracy Woodcock
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 23:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66163

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update