Communication between oncologists and lymphoma survivors during follow-up consultations: A qualitative analysis Journal Article


Authors: Franco, K.; Shuk, E.; Philip, E.; Blanch-Hartigan, D.; Parker, P. A.; Matasar, M.; Horwitz, S.; Kissane, D.; Banerjee, S. C.; Bylund, C. L.
Article Title: Communication between oncologists and lymphoma survivors during follow-up consultations: A qualitative analysis
Abstract: Cancer survivors often experience both short- and long-term challenges as a result of their cancer treatment. Many patients report feeling “lost in transition” following cancer treatment. The oncologist plays a key role in helping the patient to transition to survivorship. The purpose of this paper is to provide a descriptive understanding of the clinical care delivered during follow-up visits for lymphoma patients transitioning from active therapy into survivorship. We used thematic text analysis to identify themes in transcripts of audio recordings of 21 physicians and their patients in follow-up visits within 3 years of completing lymphoma treatment. Conversations between oncologists and patients during follow-up visits addressed a variety of themes, including specific health concerns, follow-up care, health promotion, prior treatment and test results, overall health status, emotional communication and affective tone, post-treatment rehabilitation, discussions occurring in the patient's physical examination, and social issues. However, the frequency with which these themes were discussed varied. In addition, there did not appear to be a consistent framework for these visits. The varied nature of the follow-up visits analyzed in this study suggests the need for increased structure in survivorship-care consultations. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Keywords: adult; clinical article; controlled study; aged; aged, 80 and over; middle aged; young adult; follow up; follow-up studies; randomized controlled trial; psychology; cancer therapy; survivor; cancer survivor; survivors; doctor patient relation; lymphoma; communication; physician-patient relations; survivorship; referral and consultation; consultation; interpersonal communication; doctor-patient communication; physical examination; qualitative research; rehabilitation care; patient referral; qualitative analysis; audio recording; oncologist; oncologists; conversation; very elderly; humans; human; male; female; article; statistics and numerical data
Journal Title: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume: 35
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0734-7332
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group  
Date Published: 2017-01-01
Start Page: 513
End Page: 530
Language: English
DOI: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1313352
PUBMED: 28358241
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC5617774
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 November 2017 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Steven M Horwitz
    351 Horwitz
  2. David W Kissane
    160 Kissane
  3. Matthew J Matasar
    119 Matasar
  4. Elyse Shuk
    48 Shuk
  5. Errol J Philip
    43 Philip
  6. Patricia Ann Parker
    25 Parker
  7. Kara Ann Franco
    5 Franco