‘Difficult Conversations’ Toolkit Guides Cancer Patients
The Bennington-Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) announces the introduction of the ‘Difficult Conversations’ Toolkit at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC). Through the generous support of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders, a group of dedicated community volunteers whose fundraising efforts are aimed at improving and expanding cancer care services, 100 copies of the Toolkit are available at no cost at the cancer center and palliative care program. The Toolkit is a guide to help patients clarify and communicate questions, concerns and needs to healthcare providers, ensuring one’s values, preferences and goals are understood and respected. The Toolkit is designed to prepare patients to actively engage in decisions about care and secure supports; help family express their needs and concerns; and provide healthcare professionals a platform for recognizing a patient’s readiness to talk honestly about risks and benefits of treatment options and quality of life considerations – sooner rather than later. CCM is committed to introducing the Toolkit in medical practice and community education programs through its pioneering SpeakSooner Initiative. Learn more at speaksooner.org.