Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 656–663 | Cite as

Students Meeting with Caregivers of Cancer Patient: Results of an Experience-Based Learning Project

  • Beste M. Atasoy
  • Ozlem SarikayaEmail author
  • M. Kemal Kuscu
  • Merve Yondem
  • Elif Buyukkara
  • E. Gokcen Eken
  • Figen Kahyaoglu


The communication between medical students and cancer caregivers, and the problems they have experienced as well as the outcomes for their professional development before starting clinical practice was assessed in the context of a student research project. Data were collected by questionnaires or by 20 to 40-min long interviews with cancer caregivers. Their communications with physicians, hearing the bad news, and health service satisfaction were questioned. Therefore, the caregivers trusted the professional approach of their physician. However, they expected more empathic communication in the process of diagnosis and therapy. Development of empathy and trust-based communication between patients and physicians and enhancement of the quality of devoted time to cancer patients and caregivers may have an effect on the course of disease. Interviewer students mentioned that they developed communication skills about difficult clinical tasks and in delivering bad news face to face to cancer caregivers before starting their clinical education.


Action research Breaking bad news Cancer caregiver Experiential learning 


Conflicts of Interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest financial or non-financial.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beste M. Atasoy
    • 1
  • Ozlem Sarikaya
    • 2
    Email author
  • M. Kemal Kuscu
    • 3
  • Merve Yondem
    • 4
  • Elif Buyukkara
    • 4
  • E. Gokcen Eken
    • 4
  • Figen Kahyaoglu
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMarmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Medical EducationMarmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryMarmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Marmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey

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