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Randomised controlled trial
Effect of communication training on patient, family and healthcare provider outcomes: missing links
  1. Kelly M Trevino1,
  2. Holly G Prigerson2
  1. 1Department of Psychiatry, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA;
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Holly G Prigerson, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, 525 East 68th Street, Box 39, New York, NY 10065, USA; hgp2001{at}med.cornell.edu

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Significant energy and resources have been devoted to the development of end-of-life (EOL) communication skills training programmes for healthcare providers.

Development of these programmes is supported by evidence that patients who communicate with their providers about EOL care receive less aggressive care, early hospice enrollment and experience better quality of life at EOL.1 However, while palliative care communication skills training programmes improve providers’ communication skills,2 preliminary studies indicate that training does not affect patient-reported outcomes.3 This randomised trial examined …

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