Back to Basics: Assessment, Communication, Caring, and Follow-Up A Lesson From a Couple's Journey With Multiple Myeloma

Sharon Coon

Judi McBride-Wilson

Elizabeth Ann Coleman

telephone follow-up, Assessment, cancer communication
CJON 2007, 11(6), 825-829. DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.825-829

Ian was a patient with multiple myeloma. His wife, Judi, chronicled their journey and experiences with myeloma and the healthcare system. Through her own eyes, Judi provides a view of the positive and negative consequences of actions or omissions by the healthcare team. The other authors, oncology nurses affiliated with a myeloma treatment center, collaborated with Judi to tell her story and remind oncology nurses that they can and do make a difference when focus is placed on the basics: assessment, communication, caring, and follow-up.

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