Communication essential to quality of care on palliative units

Patients, family members, and healthcare professionals agree that communication is a central element in quality of care and satisfaction on palliative care units, according to a study reported in Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dori Seccareccia, MD, MCISc, at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues conducted a qualitative study to learn what elements of communication are important to patients, family caregivers, and health care providers. Five subthemes emerged that may underpin future education and quality improvement efforts.

Full reference: Seccareccia, D et al. Communication and Quality of Care on Palliative Care Units:A Qualitative Study. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Volume 18, Number 9, 2015

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