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The importance of good communication

Effective communication skills are a key aspect of quality medical care. Watch this case study to view an example of a doctor-patient consultation.

After watching the scene above, and observing how Justin communicates with Martina, we’d like you to take a moment to reflect on your own communication style.

Think about your own communication style. Do you think you would be described as a person who displays effective communication skills?

Complete this short online self-assessment questionnaire to see how your reflections measure up: The Communication Quiz

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It’s important to remember that good communication with your patient is a key aspect of quality care, however, communication between health professionals is particularly important in cancer survivorship/care due to its multidisciplinary nature. For example, a patient who previously underwent treatment for breast cancer might have been treated or cared for by a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, breast cancer nurse or physiotherapist. Therefore, it is not always clear to whom the patient should be referred back, or to whom you should consult with when your patient has a problem.

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Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners

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