What is it about?

A reflective account of a paramedic's experience as a patient receiving cancer treatment. The verbal and non verbal communication methods that were used by non specialist staff, what can be learnt and how these skills can translate into paramedic practice.

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Why is it important?

The aim of this account is to promote an awareness of individual health care professional's interactions and communication with people receiving cancer treatment and how their interactions are perceived by the patient.


Being diagnosed with cancer and experiencing various cancer treatments was difficult both physically and mentally. Due to Covid and the restrictions that were in place I valued having face to face interactions, many of which were with both specialist and non specialist medical staff, these were very different. I have learnt a lot regarding my illness and treatment and feel that my communication skills have benefited greatly. I wrote the article to encourage other people to think about their approach and the appropriateness of their communication with patients in similar situations.

Jen McGlashan
University of Stirling

Through the lived experience of a friend's diagnosis and treatment many conversations arose about how we communicate as friends and work colleagues who receive these diagnoses. It opened up conversations which could be difficult but beneficial in understanding personal feelings and awkwardness through certain conversations. It lead to a deeper awareness of the impact of non verbal communication.

Claire Crawford

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This page is a summary of: Paramedic and patient: lessons from my double life, Journal of Paramedic Practice, September 2022, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2022.14.9.386.
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