Coping Mechanisms of Physicians Who Routinely Work with Dying Patients

  title={Coping Mechanisms of Physicians Who Routinely Work with Dying Patients},
  author={D. Schulman-Green},
  journal={OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying},
  pages={253 - 264}
Physicians routinely care for dying patients, yet many report being uncomfortable doing so. Discomfort with death can compromise patient care through insensitive or inadequate interactions and can lead to physicians' feeling remorse, anger, guilt, and inadequacy. The purpose of this study was to explore how physicians cope with the discomfort of caring for dying patients, as well as how the coping process can affect patient care. Twenty physicians who routinely cared for dying patients were… Expand
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