Identifying barriers and solutions to effective communication between patients and healthcare providers was the topic of CCM’s community forum presented on March 12 in Woodstock, VT. In a presentation to community members and healthcare professionals, CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman cited studies that show how avoiding discussion of difficult medical subjects—such […]
The launch of SpeakSooner.org was the topic of discussion on “From My Corner,” a talk show that aired February 26 on WBTN, a southern Vermont radio station. Listeners heard CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman describe the development of the Difficult Conversations video and workbook, which the SpeakSooner.org website combines to offer […]
With the launch of its new website, SpeakSooner.org, the Bennington-based nonprofit Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) hopes to help patients facing incurable illness arrive at doctors’ offices prepared to take a more active role in decisions about their own care.
During its “Difficult But Meaningful Conversations” workshop, presented May 5, 2012 at the 12th annual Stowe Weekend of Hope, the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) introduced patients, family and healthcare professionals to its Difficult Conversations Workbook.
On April 11 in Bennington, VT, CCM founders Celia and Bernard Bandman spoke about barriers and solutions to communicating with loved ones and physicians about end-of-life preferences. The presentation was part of the nationwide community educational programming associated with National Healthcare Decisions Day.
The White River Junction VA Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School Institutional Review Boards have approved a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of CCM’s Difficult Conversations Workbook materials in improving doctor-patient communication about prognosis, treatment choices and quality-of-life issues. Dr. Joseph O’Donnell, VA medical oncologist and Senior Advising Dean at Dartmouth Medical School, is […]
CCM has received a $10,000 grant from the Vermonters with Cancer Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation to educate advanced cancer patients, families and healthcare providers about the key role of communication in understanding treatment options and quality of life issues when cure is no longer possible.
The Boston-based Lenny Zakim Fund has awarded CCM a $5,000 challenge grant to support the distribution of the Difficult Conversations Workbook in Massachusetts.
CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman were invited to speak to physicians and nurses about the use of their Difficult Conversations Workbook in clinical practice at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
In her article “Art Informs Medicine,” Medical Humanist and CCM founder Celia Engel Bandman recounts the conversations she had—in her medical humanist capacity—with a prominent artist diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.