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Introduction to communication studies in cancer and palliative medicine 

Introduction to communication studies in cancer and palliative medicine
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date: 20 September 2017

This chapter provides historical overview of communication skills knowledge in cancer care. Topics discussed include the role communication plays in classical accounts of medicine, medical education, the Lipkin model, American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and Cancer Research Campaign Studies in the United Kingdom. Most of the history of communication skills knowledge and teaching derives from work and studies done in general medicine, or further afield, rather than in cancer care. This chapter includes such material because much of our communication knowledge and skill is generic, crosses specific applications and content areas like cancer care, and because the most useful conceptual frameworks and approaches began elsewhere and have only partially been rendered cancer specific.

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