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IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 49-55

Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

Authors: Sahar Alnefaie, Nuha Nabeel Filfilan, Ebtehal Amer Altalhi, Raghad Sayer Al Juaid4, Noura D. Aljuaid, Raghad Abdulrahman Al thobaiti, Hend Osamah Almerdas, Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti.

ABSTRACT

Background: In Saudi Arabia, most published studies about breaking bad news were assessing oncology doctors' skills using SPIKES protocol in their practice. This study was done to evaluate surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on SPIKES protocol in multiple hospitals at Taif, Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire for all practicing surgeons (n= 115) working in multi medical centers at Taif, Saudi Arabia from December 2019 to January 2020. Anonymity was maintained throughout the study by applying codes for each participant. Results: 115 surgeons participated in the current study including 68 males (59.1%) and 47 females (40.9%). Most of the participantsí job title was general surgery (GS) (73%), and 13.9% was obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN).The average of their age was 35.37 years with a mean experience years of the participants was 9.97 years, 70.4% (81) had delivered bad news to a cancer patient less than 5 times, and 25 (21.7%) had 5 to 10 times. Out of them, 61.7% knew the SPIKES protocol when breaking the bad news. Conclusion: Although most of the participating surgeons were keen to help their patients, they lacked good communication skills in breaking bad news. Therefore, updated skills in communicating bad news should be acquired as early as possible through the integration of breaking bad news training in the educational program.

Keywords:
Skill, breaking bad news, surgeons, cancer patient


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Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study


Authors
Sahar Alnefaie
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
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Nuha Nabeel Filfilan
Consultant Breast and Endocrine Surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Alhada Armed Forces Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Ebtehal Amer Altalhi
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Raghad Sayer Al Juaid4
College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Noura D Aljuaid
College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Raghad Abdulrahman Al thobaiti
College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Hend Osamah Almerdas
College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti
College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti, College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.; Dr-ghadi11@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 20 Oct 2020
Accepted 12 Nov 2020
Published online 12 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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Alnefaie S, Filfilan NN, Altalhi EA, Juaid RSA, Aljuaid ND, thobaiti RAA, Almerdas HO, Althobaiti GF. Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie S, Filfilan NN, Altalhi EA, Juaid RSA, Aljuaid ND, thobaiti RAA, Almerdas HO, Althobaiti GF. Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=17535 [Access: March 07, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie S, Filfilan NN, Altalhi EA, Juaid RSA, Aljuaid ND, thobaiti RAA, Almerdas HO, Althobaiti GF. Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie S, Filfilan NN, Altalhi EA, Juaid RSA, Aljuaid ND, thobaiti RAA, Almerdas HO, Althobaiti GF. Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2021), [cited March 07, 2021]; 5(1): 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie, S., Filfilan, . N. N., Altalhi, . E. A., Juaid, . R. S. A., Aljuaid, . N. D., thobaiti, . R. A. A., Almerdas, . H. O. & Althobaiti, . G. F. (2021) Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 5 (1), 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie, Sahar, Nuha Nabeel Filfilan, Ebtehal Amer Altalhi, Raghad Sayer Al Juaid, Noura D. Aljuaid, Raghad Abdulrahman Al thobaiti, Hend Osamah Almerdas, and Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti. 2021. Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie, Sahar, Nuha Nabeel Filfilan, Ebtehal Amer Altalhi, Raghad Sayer Al Juaid, Noura D. Aljuaid, Raghad Abdulrahman Al thobaiti, Hend Osamah Almerdas, and Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti. "Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie, Sahar, Nuha Nabeel Filfilan, Ebtehal Amer Altalhi, Raghad Sayer Al Juaid, Noura D. Aljuaid, Raghad Abdulrahman Al thobaiti, Hend Osamah Almerdas, and Ghadi Fawaz Althobaiti. "Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 49-55. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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Alnefaie, S., Filfilan, . N. N., Altalhi, . E. A., Juaid, . R. S. A., Aljuaid, . N. D., thobaiti, . R. A. A., Almerdas, . H. O. & Althobaiti, . G. F. (2021) Evaluation of surgeons' skills in breaking bad news to cancer patients based on the SPIKES protocol in multiple medical centers at Taif city, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 49-55. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1603221074


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