Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Talking about death and dying - a guide for doctors

Talking about death and dying - a guide for doctors : "'Fast Facts and Concepts' is a series of peer-reviewed, one-page outlines of key information on important end-of-life clinical topics for clinicians. The Fast Facts series is produced by the End-of-Life Physician Education Resource Center".
Most medical students and residents are never taught how to talk about death and dying. Surprisingly, it's still a taboo topics, even though it's something which most doctors should be intimately familiar with. Many doctors think of the death of a patient as a personal defeat, which is why they prefer to pretend that it does not exist. Denial is not a smart coping mechanism, however, because it leaves the dying patient alone and uncared for. This is a shame !

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