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There is today a wide consensus regarding the need to improve communication skills (CS) of health-care professionals (HCPs) dealing with cancer patients. Psychological training programs (PTPs) may be useful to acquire the needed CS. Testing the efficacy of PTP will allow to define their optimal content. The present study was designed to assess the impact of(More)
BACKGROUND This study aims to assess the efficacy of a 40-h training programme designed to teach residents the communication skills needed to break the bad news. METHODS Residents were randomly assigned to the training programme or to a waiting list. A simulated patient breaking bad news (BBN) consultation was audiotaped at baseline and after training in(More)
BACKGROUND Although patients with cancer are often accompanied by a relative during breaking bad news (BBN) consultations, little is known regarding the efficacy of training programmes designed to teach residents the communication skills needed to break bad news in a triadic consultation. METHODS Residents were randomly assigned to a 40-h dyadic and(More)
Although standardized role-playing sessions (SRPS) with simulators are increasingly used to assess health care professionals' (HCPs) communication skills (CS) and the effectiveness of training workshops (TWs), nothing has been done to date to define the optimal emotional content of SRPS. Three emotionally different SRPS contexts-weakly emotional (WE-),(More)
OBJECTIVES To optimize their training, predictors of physicians' satisfaction with their management of uncertainty should be examined. This study investigated these predictors by using a simulated advanced stage cancer patient. METHODS Physicians (n=85) rated their satisfaction with their management of uncertainty (Visual Analog Scale-100mm) after a(More)
BACKGROUND No study has yet assessed the impact of physicians' skills acquisition after a communication skills training programme on the evolution of patients' anxiety following a medical consultation. This study aimed to compare the impact, on patients' anxiety, of a basic communication skills training programme (BT) and the same programme consolidated by(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE The present research analyses a cross-sectional sample of 359 individuals (107 fathers, 107 mothers, 71 sons and 74 daughters) in 107 nuclear families from the Basque Country (Spain). The aim was the estimation of both transmissible and non-transmissible components acting on familial resemblance for stature, weight and body mass index(More)
In patients with a right-sided deep-seated lesion, a causal relationship between a cortical dysfunction in the right temporo-parietal region and the occurrence of neglect has been suggested. In the present study we tried to correlate clinical and quantitative EEG data from a sample of 33 right stroke patients divided into two subgroups according to the(More)
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