Communication about Side Effects: The Role of a Clinician’s Language Use.
In this study, the effects of language use on self-reported cognitive problems of analogue breast cancer patients were researched. It was examined whether negations or affirmations differently influenced cognitive problem reporting and whether the level of the patient´s health anxiety influences these effects. A total of 57 healthy female participants watched a video of an acted consultation in which a breast cancer patient was informed by her clinician about cognitive side effects of chemotherapy. Participants watched either a video in which a clinician used more affirmations or a video in which a clinician used more negations. The results indicated that language use did partially have an effect on cognitive complaint reporting. Participants reported more concentration problems after watching a video with affirmations. Language use did not have an effect on general complaints and mood. Also, healt! h anxiety did not influence the effects of language use on cognitive complaints.
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