DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Our “paradigm changing” programs educate communities about the patient’s role in opening difficult and meaningful conversations with family and healthcare providers. Learn More

A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
WHAT IS A ‘GOOD PATIENT’?
April 26, 2017 at 11:28 am · Filed under family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  “Variability is the law of life...no two bodies are alike, no two individuals react and behave alike under the conditions which we know as disease.” - William Osler, MD

In my previous blog I noted, “patients’ want to be good patients,” which prompted several people to ask, “What is a good patient?”  ...
Stories Are The Antibodies Against Illness
April 10, 2017 at 10:35 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
  I often think about what the writer and patient Anatole Broyard said, “Stories are the antibodies against illness.” It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories?   ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

WNYT's Benita Zahn recently visited Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to talk with co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman and patient Kiki Smith. The interview covered a wide range of subjects including barriers to doctor-patient communication, use of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and how SpeakSooner Community Programs have prepared patients and families to be more effective communicators. You can view Benita's "Health Report" HERE

The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
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