Are we training our fellows adequately in delivering bad news to patients? A survey of hematology/oncology program directors

Title

Are we training our fellows adequately in delivering bad news to patients? A survey of hematology/oncology program directors

Creator

Hebert HD; Butera JN; Castillo J; Mega AE

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2009

Subject

Humans; United States; Physician-Patient Relations; Data Collection; Attitude of Health Personnel; Education; Communication; Truth Disclosure; Fellowships and Scholarships; Medical; Medical Oncology/education; Graduate/economics/standards; Hematology/education

Description

BACKGROUND: Medical oncologists often must deliver bad news. The authors were interested in the extent of formal training in delivering bad news in hematology/oncology fellowships in the United States. METHODS: An e-mail survey was sent to all hematology/oncology fellowship program directors in the United States. Surveys were e-mailed to 124 program directors and responses were received either via e-mail or regular mail. Program directors were asked the adequacy, the perceived necessity, the quality of this training, and the institutional support provided. It was also intended to elicit responses about the degree of formal training fellows receive in delivering bad news. chi(2) Statistics were used to perform comparisons between items; p values of less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant. RESULTS: Sixty-five surveys were completed and returned (52% response rate). The majority of programs, 82%, are in urban areas and 97% of the primary teaching hospitals are considered tertiary care centers and 46% of programs carry a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. Median number of fellows in a training program is 6 with the range being 3 to 46. Eighty-nine percent of program directors reported that they themselves received little to no formal training in delivering bad news, but they report 37% of current fellows receive little to no formal training with 40% receiving some training and additional 23% receiving moderate to extensive training (p
2009

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1119-1124

Issue

12

Volume

12

Citation

Hebert HD; Butera JN; Castillo J; Mega AE, “Are we training our fellows adequately in delivering bad news to patients? A survey of hematology/oncology program directors,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 16, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14247.

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