Family meetings in oncology occur most commonly in four settings. The first is soon after diagnosis, when the patient and family are being oriented to the disease, potential treatment options, and the system of care with available supports. The second is in the setting of an inpatient admission, when goals of care need to be redefined and treatment options reviewed. The third is during palliative care, where the support of the family in planning ongoing care is essential to optimize such care. And the fourth is when there is conflict about the direction of care, sometimes in the setting of a patient with impaired capacity, when the medical staff and the patient's healthcare proxy disagree with goals of care and treatment. Family meetings are commonly held in paediatric oncology or genetic counseling settings. Some meetings are held 'impromptu' - the opportunity presents itself when staff and the family are available and the meeting is held.
|Title of host publication||Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care|
|Editors||David W. Kissane, Barry D. Bultz, Phyllis N. Butow, Carma L. Bylund, Simon Noble, Susie Wilkinson|
|Place of Publication||Oxford UK|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- communication skills training; palliative care; oncology