- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Persuasive Communication
- Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
Name: Kim Brandes
PhD: 2017, University of Amsterdam
Dissertation: Communicating about concerns in oncology
MSc: 2013, University of Sydney
Interests: Improvement of patient participation and affective communication during oncology consultations. The use of behavioral theories in intervention development.
Research: My PhD project concerned expressing concerns in oncology consultations: what withholds and stimulates patients?
The project aimed to gain insight into cancer patients’ concern expression in consultations. Two research questions were central in the project: 1) What withholds cancer patients from expressing their concerns during consultations? and 2) How can we stimulate cancer patients to express their concerns? Little is known about the behavioral determinants that underlie cancer patients’ intention to express concerns. Therefore, to answer the first research question, we examined which determinants explain patients’ intention to express concerns and which barriers inhibit patients’ concern expression. To answer the second research question, we investigated how these determinants can be targeted in video- messages to effect a change in patients’ concern expression. Furthermore, focus groups with cancer patients and cancer survivors were conducted to explore more in-depth what types of concerns patients experience during their disease trajectory, what underlying mechanisms can play a role in (not) expressing concerns and what kind of support patient prefer to deal with their concerns (e.g., online tools to prepare consultations or to connect with other patients and face-to-face meetings with providers to discuss concerns). The findings can be used to develop (online) tools that aim to support patients in expressing their concerns.