Palliative Care

Nebraska

Communication


“Sick people need physicians who can understand their diseases, treat their medical problems, and accompany them through their illnesses.” 
Rita Charon - physician, literary scholar and the Founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, 2007


Communication is the key element of palliative care

– Developmentally appropriate and effective sharing of information

– Active listening

– Determination of goals and preferences

– Assistance with medical decision‐making

– Effective communication with colleagues 
National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (2009). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Second Edition. http://www.nationalconsensusproject.org