Family physicians are increasingly responsible for giving patients and their families devastating news a systematic approach can help you feel more confident and reduce your patients suffering. Be situationally appropriate which usually means shaking his hand or touching his shoulder hug him back if he hugs you be culturally sensitive but touch hold the patients hand for a moment and look at him in silence. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for how to give your patients bad news a guide for students and experienced health professionals at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. For patients receiving a diagnosis of cancer or other bad news causes great stress and can lead to psychological morbidity 10 12 studies have suggested that physician communication can affect the psychological well being of patients being given a diagnosis of cancer 13 19 many patients prefer a patient centered style of communication 20 authors stress the importance of giving . Deliver the bad news clearly and unequivocallyi dont say theres a shadow on your chest x ray or you have a lesion in your lung or even you have a tumor i say you have cancer the temptation to soften the blow by using jargon is surprisingly powerful but extremely detrimental at best it delays the patients understanding of the truth at worst it promotes
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