See original referenced article on pages 2272–81, this issue.
TOUCH of the healer: Defining core behaviors of oncologists that affect the mental health of patients with cancer
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2014
© 2014 American Cancer Society
Volume 120, Issue 15, pages 2233–2236, August 1, 2014
How to Cite
Johnson, R. H. (2014), TOUCH of the healer: Defining core behaviors of oncologists that affect the mental health of patients with cancer. Cancer, 120: 2233–2236. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28736
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 13 SEP 2013
The study by Trevino et al in this issue of Cancer found that a strong therapeutic alliance between oncologists and young adults with advanced cancer was associated with a lower risk of suicidal ideation, demonstrating the unique and irreplaceable role of the oncologist in the mental health of patients with cancer. Physician behaviors that correlated significantly with decreased suicidal ideation may define a set of essential and teachable elements of a positive therapeutic alliance.