We are a team of researchers dedicated to supporting effective communication between patients and health care professionals.
We know that persons affected by cancer can be profoundly influenced by the communications they have with their professional health care providers. We also know that such communications, either positive or negative, are often powerfully important experiences.
Cancer patients have told us a great deal about the effect that either helpful or unhelpful communications have on their quality of life, the meaning cancer has in their lives, and its lasting repercussions on their cancer experience.
Program of Cancer Care Communication
1997 - 1999 Evaluation of Community Specific Models to Reduce Delay from Abnormal Screening Mammography to Diagnosis. Funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative.
2000 - 2001 Toward Communication Standards in Chronic Illness Care. Funded by the BC Medical Services Foundation.
2001 - 2005 Toward Effective Patient-Professional Communication in Cancer Care. Funded by Canadian Cancer Society through the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Executive Summary
2004 - 2005 Patient Perspectives of Hope and Honesty in the Transmission of Prognostic Information. Funded by the BC Medical Services Foundation/Canadian Nurses Foundation.
2005 - 2009 Communication in Cancer Care: The Trajectory of Interaction Between Patients and Health Care Professionals. Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Executive Summary
2009 - 2013 2009-2013 Communication in Cancer Care: Longitudinal Cohort Analysis of Patterns and Variations across the Cancer Trajectory (there is no executive summary yet)
We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers working out of the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Our backgrounds include medicine, nursing, and epidemiology. Some of us work primarily in clinical practice and others in an academic or research setting. We each bring a unique perspective and background to our team studies.
CANCER CARE COMMUNICATION RESEARCH OFFICE
UBC School of Nursing
T201 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5
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If you are interested in receiving copies of published studies, contact Dr. Sally Thorne
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