Patient Provider Communication

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COM 311: Patient Provider Communication – Article Review Assignment
Identify the article you are reviewing in the box below with a complete APA citation. Then, answer each question completely in 1-2 paragraphs. Responses must be typed and printed prior to class. Assignments are due at the start of class and should be 2 pages or less, single-spaced, in Times New Roman black font, with 1” margins. Staple or print double-sided if needed.

1. Research Questions and Hypotheses: Please list each of the research questions or hypotheses tested in the article. Summarize what the researchers are trying to learn.

The main research question that the authors of this study sought to answer is if “hospice volunteers can facilitate communication about pain with family caregivers.” Studies show that, although there is a growing need for hospice nurses and physicians, there are not enough qualified workers to meet the demand. In hopes of curbing this shortage in workforce, the authors conducted this study to test their hypothesis that hospice volunteers can fulfill a communication role for family caregivers concerning pain management.

2. Methods & Evidence: Please briefly explain what kind of data the researchers collected (ex.: survey responses, interviews, focus groups, experimental). Explain how this type of evidence can help to answer the research
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Optimal patient-provider communication is built on learning to communicate effectively, and communicating in ways that allow both the patient and provider to be heard. This study shows that face-to-face communication benefits everyone involved, allowing for a more intimate, communicative, and productive experience. Also important, the study shows that this type of healthy communication can be taught, which can increase health literacy and decrease the need for medical professionals in certain

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