Online communication skill training of patients with cancer: A test of the behavioral intention predictive framework for communication skills

Debra L. Roter, Marielle Bugayong, Chenery Lowe, Robert L. Joyner, Anna Maria Howard, Jennifer Wenzel, Adrian S. Dobs

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the Behavioral Intention Predictive Framework's utility in explaining variation in cancer patients' strong behavioral intention (SBI) to use LEAPS (Listen, Educate, Assess, Partner, Support) communication skills after viewing training videos. Methods: Ninety-eight patients were enrolled through anonymized online platforms to view LEAPS training videos, complete background and communication questionnaires and report their SBI to use LEAPS skills. Results: On average, patients indicated SBI to use 6 of 13 skills and 46% of patients expressed SBI across individual skills. The framework explained 27.7% of the adjusted variance in SBI with significant predictors of frequent past use of LEAPS-related shared decision-making behaviors, poor emotional health, being rarely accompanied to visits and positive ratings of narrative videos. Finally, 21.7% of the adjusted variance in problem communication was explained by infrequent use of LEAPS-related information behaviors, patient accompaniment of another adult and positive narrative scores. Conclusion: Patients SBI to use multiple LEAPS skills and past problem communication were explained by framework predictors. Innovation: Despite theoretical and empirical evidence that behavioral intention significantly predicts behavior, it has not been studied in patient communication research. Application of the novel framework to LEAPS training videos contributes an innovative address of this research gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100291
JournalPEC Innovation
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2024

Keywords

  • Behavioral intention
  • Cancer communication
  • Communication skills training
  • Patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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