The Elephant in the Room: Overcoming Barriers in Conversation with People with Cancer

Recorded: December 17, 2019


Palliative care providers may be asked to support patients during discussions of prognosis, values, and advance care planning with their respective oncology teams. While most patients value open communication, barriers may exist when broaching these topics. In this session, Nina O’Connor and Jill Farabelli discuss clinical and system strategies that can be used to promote early and open communication with people living with cancer, with a focus on goals and priorities.



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    Nina O’Connor, MD

    Director of Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System Chief Medical Officer, Penn W…

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    Jill Farabelli, LCSW, APHSW-C

    Palliative Care Social Worker, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania