How to Give Your Patients Bad News: A Guide for Students and Experienced Health Professionals

  • Publish Date: 2003-05-13
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Harvey M. Rosenwasser;Beth Rosenwasser

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How To Give Your Patient Bad News is a guidebook as well as a training aid for all healthcare practitioners Those who can benefit from this book include general practitioners specialists nurses and nurse practitioners physician s assistants physiotherapists occupational therapists dentists practitioners in ancillary health fields as well as social workers and others in the counseling fields At some time each of these may be in a position to give patients a diagnosis and explain the future course of the condition Bad news can range from a minor problem requiring taking of a day s rest from work to the prognosis of a terminal condition There are many ways to give bad news By reading some of the stories in this book healthcare professionals will recognize what is positive in their own approach and what can be improved Giving patients an unwelcome diagnosis is an intrical part of healthcare and never a pleasant task When properly done it can contribute to the patient s well being and enhance compliance with therapy When poorly done it can be hurtful to the patient and inhibit the therapeutic process For those who do not come by this skill naturally following the author s suggestions in a rote manor will be better than that which they are presently doing Once gaining experience healthcare professionals will be able to internalize these principles and develop their own style

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