Patricia Ewert Flannagan, RN, MSN | Authors

Communicating With Oncology Patients About Palliative Care

April 02, 2007

Palliative care differs from other oncology care settings because it involves end-of-life discussions. This article is intended to help oncology nurses who deliver news that involves palliative care by describing components of breaking bad news, providing an example for how to break bad news, and suggesting methods for evaluating a nurse-patient interaction. One possible scenario for achieving a positive outcome after delivering unwelcome information will also be described. Applying the methods described in this article can help to promote a positive outcome when a nurse delivers bad news to a patient.