|Title||Responding empathically to patients: Development, implementation, and evaluation of a communication skills training module for oncology nurses.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Pehrson C, Banerjee SC, Manna R, Shen MJohnson, Hammonds S, Coyle N, Krueger CA, Maloney E, Zaider T, Bylund CL|
|Journal||Patient Educ Couns|
|Date Published||2016 Apr|
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to report on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Communication Skills Training (CST) module for inpatient oncology nurses on how to respond empathically to patients.
METHODS: 248 nurses from a USA cancer center participated in a CST module on responding empathically to patients. Nurses completed pre- and post-training Standardized Patient Assessments (SPAs), a survey on their confidence in and intent to utilize skills taught, and a six-month post-training survey of self-reported use of skills.
RESULTS: Results indicate that nurses were satisfied with the module, reporting that agreement or strong agreement to 5 out of 6 items assessing satisfaction 96.7%-98.0% of the time. Nurses' self-efficacy in responding empathically significantly increased pre- to post-training. Additionally, nurses showed empathy skill improvement in the post-SPAs. Finally, 88.2% of nurses reported feeling confident in using the skills they learned post-training and reported an increase of 42-63% in the use of specific empathic skills.
CONCLUSIONS: A CST module for nurses in responding empathically to patients showed feasibility, acceptability, and improvement in self-efficacy as well as skill uptake.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: This CST module provides an easily targeted intervention for improving nurse-patient communication and patient-centered care.
|Alternate Journal||Patient Educ Couns|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC4962546|
|Grant List||P30 CA008748 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States |
T32 CA009461 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
T32-CA009461 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States