Studies have shown that effective communication is important for good health outcomes. However, little is known about the types of communication that takes place between cancer patients and their “companions”–the friends or family members who accompany them to many or most of their cancer-related appointments. For this study, researchers will have current cancer patients, former cancer patients, and patient companions complete a survey about how they felt about their communication experiences. The researchers will use the information to develop a program that can help cancer patients and their companions communicate better during cancer-related appointments.
The researchers are recruiting current cancer patients, former cancer patients, and patient companions who attend cancer-related appointments for a 30-minute online survey. This survey will cover topics relating to communicating about symptoms during cancer-related appointments.