In which context is physician empathy associated with cancer patient quality of life?

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serval:BIB_C9F0855FB6CC
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
In which context is physician empathy associated with cancer patient quality of life?
Journal
Patient Education and Counseling
Author(s)
Lelorain Sophie, Cattan Stéphane, Lordick Florian, Mehnert Anja, Mariette Christophe, Christophe Véronique, Cortot Alexis
ISSN
1873-5134
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/2018
Volume
101
Number
7
Pages
1216-1222
Language
english
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: In cancer settings, physician empathy is not always linked to a better patient emotional quality of life quality of life (eQoL). We tested two possible moderators of the inconsistent link: type of consultation (bad news versus follow-up) and patient emotional skills (emoSkills, i.e., the way patients process emotional information).
METHODS: In a cross-sectional design, 296 thoracic and digestive tract cancer patients completed validated questionnaires to assess their physician empathy, their emoSkills and eQoL. Moderated multiple regressions were performed.
RESULTS: In follow-up consultations, physician empathy was associated with a better eQoL in patients with low or average emotional skills. Those with high emotional skills did not benefit from physician empathy. Their eQoL was nonetheless very good. In bad news consultations, the pattern was reversed: only patients with average or high emotional skills benefited from physician empathy. Those with low emotional skills were not sensitive to it and presented a poor eQoL.
CONCLUSION: Medical empathy is important in all consultations. However, in bad news consultations, patients with low emoSkills are at risk of psychological distress even with an empathetic doctor.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Accordingly, physicians should be trained to detect patients with low emoSkills in order to refer them to supportive care.
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