DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
THE HUMAN SIDE OF DOCTORING
June 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

“Not every patient can be saved, but his illness may be eased by the way the doctor responds." Anatole Broyard, Intoxicated By My Illness

I received an e-mail from a colleague. The subject line read: “Wow look what they’ve discovered!” Attached was a link to the New York Times WELL column “Letting Patients Tell Their Stories.” My eyes drop down to the image of a doctor with his stethoscope in hand ...
NURSES AT THE CROSSROADS…
May 13, 2016 at 11:09 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  During my tenure as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) I was an eyewitness to the complexities of communication between doctors, nurses, patients, and family members. ...
To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question
April 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
  As we ready ourselves for the first in our 2016 SpeakSooner community education series I ask myself how does one decide whether or not to attend a play, movie, or, in this instance, a community program. Is it the subject matter, panel of experts, a friend’s invite, a colleague’s suggestion or the reviews? ...
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BREAKING NEWS

Center for Communication in Medicine co-founder, Dr. Bernard Bandman was interviewed on Sirius XM Radio's Doctor Radio by Dr. Ira Breite on the use of CCM's Difficult Conversation Toolkit. Listen here.