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How can we ensure cross-cultural communication in cancer care?

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  • Article: Thomason C (2012) Communication in cross-cultural cancer care. Nursing Times; 108: Online issue.
  • Author: Carmel Thomason is senior publishing manager, evidence resources, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The issue of communication between health professionals caring for patients with cancer from different cultures
  • Limitations in using professional or family interpreters
  • Summary of new NICE guidance

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • Cancer care
  • Cross-cultural patient care
  • Communication
  • NICE guidelines
  • Black and minority ethnic groups

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL TO ME?

This article will help you become aware of the growing incidence of cancer in minority ethnic groups. Good communication is vital for practitioners to ensure supportive and palliative care.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How often are cancer patients from differing cultures or ethnicities?
  • What is our standard protocol to communicate with patients from black and ethnic minority groups to prevent miscommunication?
  • What problems have arisen in your experience from miscommunication with those of differing cultures or ethnicities?
  • How can our multicultural communication with patients be improved?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Patient autonomy: a patient’s freedom and right to make decisions about their own care.
  • Ethnicity: belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural beliefs.

 

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