Palliative care communication: linking patients' prognoses, values, and goals of care.


Journal Article

Prognostic communication is a primary component of goals of care conversations in palliative care (PC) practice. Little is known about these conversations in the natural setting. This study's aim was to describe the processes of prognostic communication in PC goals of care consultations. Using line-by-line qualitative analysis, we examined prognostic conversation in 66 audio-taped PC consultations. We identified five processes by which clinicians link prognoses, values, and goals of care: (1) signposting the crossroads; (2) closing off a goal; (3) clarifying current path; (4) linking paths and patients' values; and (5) choosing among paths. The findings add to our understanding of PC consultation by describing how prognoses link with patients' values and choices in goals of care conversations.

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Cited Authors

  • Norton, SA; Metzger, M; DeLuca, J; Alexander, SC; Quill, TE; Gramling, R

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 582 - 590

PubMed ID

  • 24114740

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24114740

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-240X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.21563


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States