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Table 7 Communicative Categories

From: Associations between clinical and sociodemographic data and patterns of communication in pediatric oncology

Physician-child communication categories and operational definitions Examples
Guidance directed toward the child: information about exams, treatment plan, medication, diagnosis “You will stay at the hospital for three days, ok?”
Questions concerning child’s doubts: asking if the child had any doubts “Do you want to ask anything, sweetie?”
Doubts asked about by the children: questions asked by the patient “Can I go to the swimming pool?”
Protesting: interactions started by patient that indicated anger, such as crying, yelling and/or verbally protesting “I don’t want to stay here!”
Bonding behaviors of the physician: communication not related to the treatment but with the function of establishing small talk “So, tell me how was your weekend?”
Obtaining information from the child: treatment-related questions, for example about symptoms, exams, hospital admission “How are you feeling?”
Physician-caregiver communication categories and operational definitions Examples
Guidance directed toward the caregiver: information about exams, treatment plan, medication, diagnosis “This medication should be used to prevent sickness”
Questions related to caregiver’s doubts: asking if the caregiver had any doubts “Any questions, Mom?”
Doubts asked about by the caregiver: questions asked by the caregiver “Can we travel home for the Holidays?”
Bonding behaviors of the physician: communication not related to the treatment but with the function of establishing small talk “How was New Year’s Eve? Was there a party?”
Obtaining information from the caregiver: treatment-related questions, for example about symptoms, exams, hospital admission “Did he feel any pain this week?”