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A Balint-inspired reflective forum in oncology for medical residents: Main themes during seven years
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
2014 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 97, no 1, 47-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Reflection groups for clinicians, often called Balint groups, are a way of refining professional competence in health care. This study presents a model for reflective practice in a group setting and describes the kinds of troublesome cases that medical residents are concerned about.

Methods: From 2005 to 2012 a Balint-inspired reflective forum has been a part of the academic seminar program for physicians in training in a Department of Oncology at a Swedish university. The present study is focused on all 63 cases presented in the forum.

Results: The cases were categorized into three kinds of challenges: Communication challenges in the patient-physician relationship, Communication challenges in organizational matters, and Communication challenges with close relatives of the patient.

Conclusion: The study tells us something about the vulnerability of being a medical resident and the identified challenges have bearings on medical education curricula as well as on how the training of junior physicians is organized. Practice implications: The cases are contextual and multifaceted, and a forum of this kind might therefore be regarded as a potential way to develop professional competence and to refine communication in clinical practice. A structured evaluation of the forum would be valuable.

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2014. Vol. 97, no 1, 47-51 p.
Keyword [en]
Balint, Cancer, Communication, Oncology, Resident, Supervision
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89749DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.06.008ISI: 000342531800008OAI: diva2:723709
Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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