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When physicians disclose information about randomised controlled trials, they have to balance the requirements of conducting high standard research and the respect for patients' rights. Physicians need training in this difficult matter. An individualised communication skills training (CST) about randomised controlled trials for oncologists has been(More)
OBJECTIVE Current practice of breaking bad news in China involves disclosure of information first to family members who then decide whether the patient should receive this information. Recently, however, patients' right to be informed has been regulated by law. This represents a dilemma for oncologists who now have to balance traditional practice with new(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to demonstrate that COM-ON-p, concise and individualized communication skills training (CST), improves oncologists' communication skills in consultations focusing on the transition to palliative care. METHODS Forty-one physicians were randomly assigned to a control (CG) or intervention group (IG). At t(0), all physicians(More)
BACKGROUND Ethically, informed consent regarding randomised controlled trials (RCTs) should be understandable to patients. The patients can then give free consent or decline to participate in a RCT. Little is known about what patients really understand in consultations about RCTs. METHODS Cancer patients who were asked to participate in a randomised trial(More)
BACKGROUND There are several reasons why consultations addressing the transition to palliative care are especially challenging, and physicians are generally not very well prepared to meet these challenges. We therefore conceptualized and evaluated a concise, individualized communication skills training (CST) addressing i) communication concerning the(More)
Communication skills training has proven to be an effective means to enhance communication of health care professionals in oncology. These effects are well studied in standardized settings. The question of transferring these skills into clinical consultations remains open. We build up on a previous developed training concept consisting of a workshop and(More)
OBJECTIVES Communication skills training (CST) has to be proven effective, and therefore reliable instruments to evaluate CST are required. Most instruments assessing medical consultations do not take individual aspects of CST into consideration. Such assessment tools should naturally also be closely associated with the communication skills taught to the(More)
BACKGROUND Most previous studies finding positive results in the emotional Stroop test did not control for concurrent anxiety symptoms. This study investigated depressive patients without comorbid anxiety disorders in order to clarify existing inconsistent findings. Furthermore, we examined the relationship between anxiety level and the emotional Stroop(More)
Discussing randomized clinical trials (RCTs) with cancer patients is one of the most challenging communication tasks a physician faces. Only two prior Communication Skills Trainings (CSTs) focused on RCTs in oncology have been reported. Their results demonstrated the need for further improvement. We developed and evaluated an enhanced, individually-tailored(More)
Author details Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Freiburg University Medical Center, Hauptstr. 8, Freiburg, Germany. Clinic of Dermatology and Venereology, Freiburg University Medical Center, Hauptstr. 7, Freiburg, Germany. Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich,(More)