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Cancer communication: A mixed-method, exploratory study of the role of communication in patient satisfaction within an integrated managed care consortium

Monday, November 2, 2015

Erica Spears-Lanoix, PhD, MA, Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Kathleen M. Mazor, EdD, Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
background: Patient centered communication is centered around six core communication functions: fostering healing relationships, exchanging information, responding to emotions, managing uncertainty, making decisions, and enabling patient self-management (Epstein & Street, 2007)

purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore and explain cancer patient satisfaction within a large integrated managed care consortium. Ineffective communication, by clinicians or system administrators, has the potential to negatively impact patient satisfaction and compliance. Accordingly, successful treatment and subsequent survivorship is best facilitated by clear, effectual, patient-centered communication strategies. The exploration of patient satisfaction in relation to their communication experience allows for improved strategies and system strengthening.

methods: A patient satisfaction survey, comprised of open and closed-ended questions, was developed and offered to a purposive sample of patients. A coding schematic, based on the core communication functions was developed. Open-ended responses were coded, and inter-coder reliability established. Statistical analysis was employed to explore correlations between patients' cancer type and overall satisfaction.

results: Preliminary results (N=367) suggest possible communication pitfalls. Initial analysis highlights differences between patient communication experiences with clinicians, and patient communication experiences beyond the clinical encounter, while navigating administrative system components. Analysis also suggests differences in the patient satisfaction level by patient cancer type.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain cancer patient dissatisfaction with clinician and administrator communication within a large integrated managed care consortium.

Keyword(s): Communication, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have seven years experience as a grant administrator and program manager. I hold a Master's degree in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in health. I am currently a second year doctoral student in the Department of Health Education and Kinesiology at Texas A&M, a tier 1 research institute.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.