Module 2 Discussion: What would you do the same or different as the social worker?
I commend the social worker’s approach and being forward in apologizing for the lack of information relayed to patients prior to treatments. I can only imagine the patient’s thought process when finding out a treatment side effect was omitted by providers. I also agree that the social worker compared normal fertility function to one after onco-therapy. I find that the age group of teens and even to early 30s still psychologically base their functions against their peers. Differently, I would have like to hear more open-ended questions asked of the patient instead of the conversation directed at the patient. It would be helpful to hear the patient’s understanding and desires to then guide the direction of this session than I would l guess the patient hearing more facts told to them. Overall, these are tough conversations to have with CAYA’s as family planning is not generally at the top of the priority list when facing a diagnosis of cancer.
I agree with your comments here. As a social worker myself, it seemed to be a lot of directed talk and less on patient-centered engagement.
Also, this would be a lot of information to consume having not had any prior introduction. I would maybe take more time to explain, provide some additional follow up resources and/or reference material, and talk about what specific follow up might look like from a medical provider to provide more specific information based on specific treatment this patient had in terms of infertility risk, etc.