Presenter Information

Charmarie AdkinsFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Communication, Healthcare, Children

Biography

My name is Charmarie Elaine Adkins of Huntington, WV. I am a twenty-six year old returning senior to Marshall University. I will be graduating with a communication studies degree with an emphasis in organizational communications. This project directly affects me, as I am a parent to a rambunctious two year old.

Major

Communication Studies

Advisor for this project

Dr. Camilla Brammer, Dr. Jill Underhill

Start Date

19-4-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

19-4-2018 3:15 PM

Abstract

This study will examine patient-provider communication from a parent’s perspective. Research shows communication between patients and providers to be important; however, when a child is too young to understand their diagnosis, the parent must be the focus of the patient-provider communication process. Parents often report not having effective communication with their children’s physicians, especially when the doctor shares bad news about the child’s health. The need for effective communication becomes especially important when the provider must give the parents important information to help them make the best decisions about their child’s current and future health decisions. This research project seeks to understand what factors influence parental perceptions of effective communication by physicians when the providers are giving bad news about a child’s health.

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Apr 19th, 2:00 PM Apr 19th, 3:15 PM

Examining Effective Provider-Parent Communication of Bad News

This study will examine patient-provider communication from a parent’s perspective. Research shows communication between patients and providers to be important; however, when a child is too young to understand their diagnosis, the parent must be the focus of the patient-provider communication process. Parents often report not having effective communication with their children’s physicians, especially when the doctor shares bad news about the child’s health. The need for effective communication becomes especially important when the provider must give the parents important information to help them make the best decisions about their child’s current and future health decisions. This research project seeks to understand what factors influence parental perceptions of effective communication by physicians when the providers are giving bad news about a child’s health.