Helen Glass Lecture



Communication in Cancer Care:
Health systems in transition and the patient experience

Everyone who has been affected by cancer understands the profound impact of health care communication on the human experience of living with, through, and beyond this complex disease. At the 2018 Helen Glass Lecture, Dr. Sally Thorne will share three decades of research on the powerful healing force of quality communication, as well as the harm created when health systems fail to make cancer care communication a fundamental priority. As the health care system transitions to an increased focus on efficiency, there is a critical need for nursing to play a central role in ensuring “communication safety” for patients and families within the delivery of cancer care.

All are welcome to attend.

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Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is a Professor and former Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, where she currently holds the position of Associate Dean of Applied Science.

She has a longstanding program of substantive research in the field of patient experience and relational practice in chronic illness and cancer care in addition to developing a body of scholarship in the philosophy of science, the nature of evidence, and applied qualitative methodology.

She is author of four books, including a popular qualitative research text on Interpretive Description that integrates a nursing angle of vision into qualitative design logic. She has an extensive record of peer reviewed journal publications and has presented her work internationally as invited scholar, keynote lecturer and distinguished professor.

Since 2011, she has served as Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry. In addition, she is an Associate Editor for Qualitative Health Research and serves on several other editorial boards for nursing journals. 

Sally has also served terms as Board Director for numerous organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.

An established Canadian academic nursing leader, Sally has an extensive record of engagement in the development of nursing education and research nationally and internationally and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.