"Conditional Candour" and "Knowing Me": an Interpretive Description Study on Patient Preferences for Physician Behaviours During End-of-Life Commnication

The results of this study revealed two major concepts regarding helpful physician behaviour during end-of-life conversations: (1) 'knowing me' which reflected the importance of acknowledging the influence of family roles and life history on values and priorities during end-of-life communication, and (2) 'conditional candour' which describes a process of assessing a patients' readiness to receive information and providing invitations to conversation with a sensitivity to how that information is delivered. These findings may have important implications for clinical practice and end-of-life communication training.