Bad news for the patient and the family? The worst part of being a health care professional.

@article{RoValle2009BadNF,
  title={Bad news for the patient and the family? The worst part of being a health care professional.},
  author={Jacqueline Schmidt R{\'i}o-Valle and Mari Paz Garc{\'i}a Caro and Rafael Montoya Ju{\'a}rez and Diego Prados Pe{\~n}a and Antonio Mu{\~n}oz Vinuesa and Athanasios Sakis Pappous and Francisco Cruz Quintana},
  journal={Journal of palliative care},
  year={2009},
  volume={25 3},
  pages={191-6}
}
In Spain, there is a general tendency to conceal the prognosis from a terminally ill patient. We conducted grounded-theory-based, phenomenological, qualitative research on this using a final sample of 42 in-depth interviews with doctors and nurses from different fields. We found that most health professionals believe that although patients don't ask questions, they know what is happening to them. Many professionals feel bad when communicating bad news. In hospitals, doctors take responsibility… CONTINUE READING

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