On “Speaking the unspoken”

In his blog post from July 4 that just came to our attention, Dr. Craig Hildreth has (once again) hit the nail right on the head. There really are some physicians with truly outstanding communication skills!

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”

Many readers of this blog site might find this video (or the transcript) to be informative … or just entertaining. It’s primarily intended for physicians and their support staff.

Communication and value in the management of prostate cancer

When your sitemaster speaks to the assembled audience  at the annual meeting of ASTRO this coming Sunday, one point he intends to make relates to the importance and value of clear, straightforward, high-quality communication between physicians and patients. … READ MORE …

The human capacity for denial … or at the very least avoidance

Your sitemaster is intimately familiar with the human capacity for denial and avoidance. As someone who has spent much of his life writing for a living, he knows all too well his capacity for avoiding some topics until he absolutely has to deal with them! … READ MORE …

A frequent and fundamental failure in communication

An interesting article on the Medscape web site this week is entitled, “Tough talks with cancer patients: dealing with challenges.” … READ MORE …

How broadly is your doctor smiling?

Dr. Craig Hildreth is a medical oncologist who writes a regular blog about issues related to the management of patients with cancer on the CancerNetwork web site. … READ MORE …

Good provider-patient communication is important … but not everything

Another new report on the topic of provider-patient communication and the management of prostate cancer has demonstrated the importance of information content and interpersonal relationships between patient and provider to patient satisfaction with their care. … READ MORE …