Neil Abramson, MD
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Abramson N. Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients: Balancing Honesty with Empathy and Hope. Ann Intern Med. 2009;151:676. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-151-9-200911030-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;151(9):676.
Back A, Arnold R, Tulsky J. 168 pages. New York: Cambridge Univ Pr; 2009. $45.00. ISBN 9780521706186. Order at www.cambridge.org/us/.
Field of medicine: Patient–physician communications, care of seriously ill patients, hematology and oncology, and death and dying.
Audience: Clinicians, physician extenders, nurses, and medical students, as well as persons who communicate directly with patients, especially those with serious illnesses.
Purpose: To define the specific communication tasks involved in talking with patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Content: The book presents a stepwise series of encounters between the physician and the patient, beginning with the initial consultation and progressing through typical clinical situations, such as options, decisions, and administration of therapy; assessment of responses; relapse; and the dying process. Interactions with office staff members are included as well. Each chapter highlights frequently encountered interpersonal dialogue, complemented by critical comments provided by the authors, and offers an outline of the approach and content as well as an abbreviated list of additional readings.
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