COMFORT Resources

The COMFORT Communication Curriculum includes a number of communication training resources for learners.

Health Communication App

This is a smartphone application (app). As an mHealth translation of the COMFORT curriculum, it is designed to provide supportive communication tools for healthcare providers encountering communication challenges with patients, families, and team members. Written at a sixth-grade level, it offers practice suggestions to support healthcare providers. When tested, participants found it easy to use and navigate, indicating they would use the app with patients, families and other team members. A revised version now includes COVID-19 communication resources for providers.

Goldsmith, J., Wittenberg, E., Ferrell, B. (2015). An App to Support Difficult Interactions among Provider, Patient, and Family. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. 6(5), 479-483. doi: 10.6004/jadpro.2015.6.5.8

Plain Language Planner

This tool breaks down into plain language (both Spanish and English) common medications and treatments that cancer patients receive. It describes side effects that patients may experience in easy-to-understand words and gives, also in plain language, practical suggestions on how to prepare for treatment. In short, it removes the mystery from the long and complicated terms patients may hear in the course of their cancer journey. The COMFORT Plain Language Planner is available in hard copy and as part of the COMFORT Health Communication App. This application was tested on a group of 155 health care professionals and a comparison between written responses before and after the education sessions showed improvement in the use of plain language.

Wittenberg, E., Goldsmith, J., Ferrell, B., & Small Platt, C. (2015). Enhancing Communication Related to Symptom Management Through Plain Language: A Brief Report. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. [Epub ahead of print Jun 4, 2015]. doi: 10.1002/pon.3862.

Textbook of Palliative Care Communication

Wittenberg, E., Ferrell, B., Goldsmith, J., Smith, T., Ragan, S., Glajchen, M., Handzo, G. (Eds.). (2015). Textbook of Palliative Care Communication. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

This text brings together clinicians and researchers and content was organized by the COMFORT principles. The editorial team includes co-founders of the COMFORT™ ℠ curriculum and chapters address health literacy and cultural communication, patient and family communication, barriers and approaches to palliative care with specific patient populations, advance care planning, and quality of life.


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Textbook of Palliative Care Communication powerpoint slides

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