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.
“Narrative Based Medicine: Potential, Pitfalls and Practice,” published in The Permanente Journal (Winter 2009) highlights the medical humanist communication model. The authors, Drs. Vera Kalitzkus and Peter Matthiessen, write that “A narrative approach to medicine will only succeed if ultimately it has a positive effect on daily practice instead of just adding to the already […]
CCM founder Dr. Bernard Bandman was interviewed about communication with healthcare providers; self-advocacy; and “survivorship as opportunity” for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s “Living Well Beyond Cancer” video series. Dr. Kenneth Miller, Director of the Lance Armstrong Survivorship Program at Dana Farber, interviewed leading experts on issues that survivors face as they transition from active […]