Breaking bad news: a practical approach for the hospitalist.

  title={Breaking bad news: a practical approach for the hospitalist.},
  author={Tracy A Minichiello and David Ling and Debra K Ucci},
  journal={Journal of hospital medicine},
  volume={2 6},
Communicating bad news to patients and their families is a difficult but routine responsibility for hospitalists. Most practitioners have little or no formal training for this task. Preparation for, delivery of, and follow-up to these conversations should be deliberately planned in order to meet patients' needs. In this article, we review the literature that guides this process and, with a case example, describe steps practitioners can take to effectively deliver bad news and pitfalls that… CONTINUE READING

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