A Study of Physician Communication Skills to Promote Patients' Transition to Survivorship

Full Title

Communication Skills Intervention to Promote Transition into Survivorship


The purpose of this study is to assess the communication skills of physicians who care for patients completing treatment for lymphoma. During a visit when a doctor will address the completion of treatment and post-treatment issues, the visit will be audio recorded so it can be analyzed to evaluate how the doctor speaks with the patient.

In a second part of the study, investigators are testing new models of consultation to promote communication about rehabilitation and survivorship after chemotherapy. Patients who participate in this part of the study will complete a survey and also have subsequent follow-up visits audio recorded for up to one year after enrolling in the study.

The information gathered will be used to develop better ways for doctors to prepare patients for the completion of cancer treatment. The doctors participating in this study will have consented to being recorded.


Participants in this study will include patients age 18 and older who completed treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma or diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and consent to having their doctors’ visits audio recorded. Their doctors must also consent to the recordings. Participants will complete surveys after consultations throughout the next year about their interaction with the physician and its impact on their quality of life.

For more information about this study and to inquire about eligibility, please contact Dr. Steven M. Horwitz at 212-639-3045.