The challenge of giving bad news
Lobb, E. A.
The challenge of giving bad news.
Medicine Today, 13 (9), 56-57.
Telling a patient bad news, such as a life-limiting diagnosis, can be challenging for clinicians. The chances of it going smoothly can be increased by preparing yourself and the setting and by rehearsing. Patients value direct, nontechnical explanations delivered with empathy and compassion, and appreciate time to talk, express their feelings and ask questions
doctor-patient communication, empathy, compassion