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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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The Swiss model

The Swiss model

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(p.641) Chapter 55 The Swiss model
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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care
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Stiefel F

Bernhard J

Bianchi G

Dietrich L

Hürny Ch

Kiss A

Wössmer B

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.003.0055

The Swiss Communication Skills Training (CST) for oncology clinicians was initiated in 1998 by the Swiss Cancer League (SCL), who mandated a national task force to elaborate a concept for a CST for oncology physicians and nurses. The task force developed a concept for a national CST for oncology clinicians. Initially, a train-the-trainers' course was organised for the members of the task force allowing them to experience the CST as participants and to gain insight into its dynamics. Following a pilot CST, organised in the German, French, and Italian parts of Switzerland for local chiefs of oncology services and head nurses, the Swiss CST was implemented; it was officially endorsed by the Swiss Society of Medical Oncology (SSMO), and sponsored by two pharmaceutical companies who were willing to support financially this training during the first years. In 2001, the SSMO declared this CST to be mandatory for physicians specialising in oncology. By the end of 2007, about four hundred physicians and nurses working with cancer patients had participated in this training.

Keywords:   Swiss Communication Skills Training, Swiss Cancer League, Switzerland, training, physicians, oncology, cancer patients, nurses

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