Effective communication in palliative care
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Effective communication in palliative care

Kathleen Dunne Nurse education consultant, Educare Nurse Education Consortium, Clinical Education Centre, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

This article focuses on the definitions of communication and an examination of their relationship to palliative care nursing. The underpinning theory is analysed as a means of understanding the communication process. The communication process in nursing is considered in the context of nurse/patient/family communication. While the focus of the article is on palliative care, the principles of communication as outlined also have relevance and applicability to nurses working in a variety of other clinical settings.

Nursing Standard. 20, 13, 57-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.12.20.13.57.c4024

Correspondence

kdunne@alt.n-i.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review