Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care: Promoting Healing and Reducing Suffering
Effective patient-clinician communication is central to the delivery of high-quality
care. It becomes even more crucial in the cancer setting where patients have to deal with
stress, uncertainty, complex information, and life-altering medical decisions. To
encourage and inform future research that would help facilitate the delivery of
patient-centered communication between cancer patients/family and the health care delivery
team(s) across the cancer care continuum, the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB), in collaboration with the
Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), commissioned this monograph,
Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care: Promoting Healing and Reducing
The monograph lays the foundation for future innovative research in the area of
patient-centered communication in oncology as well as other illness settings.
- Conceptualization of patient-centered communication into six key functions;
- Emphasis on research that examines the relationship between patient-centered communication and patient health outcomes;
- Detailed discussion of potential mediating and moderating mechanisms of the association between communication and patient outcomes; and
- Identification of specific research priorities that would guide NCI in planning future research initiatives in this important area.
The monograph is provided below in Portable Document Format (PDF). A printed copy can
also be obtained at no cost by calling 1-800-4-CANCER or by ordering online from NCI Publications Locator
(search by monograph title). For non-US shipping addresses, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epstein RM, Street RL Jr. Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care:
Promoting Healing and Reducing Suffering. National Cancer Institute, NIH Publication No.
07-6225. Bethesda, MD, 2007.
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