Breaking Bad News provides practical guidance on the key principles needed to create a framework for discussions with the patient
- Concise, practical guide
- Features a simple 10 step approach
- Clear explanations with key phrases for you to use
- For doctors, students and healthcare professionals
The ability to impart bad news well is an important skill for all doctors and many healthcare professionals. But it is perceived as a particularly stressful part of the job, even though it is a skill that can easily be understood and practised. When handled well it can significantly enhance the relationship with the patient and their relatives.
10 Simple Steps
The principles are presented as 10 simple steps which emphasise that the process of breaking bad news is a negotiation with the patient to ensure that you provide them with the correct level of information they need at that time. The steps also encourage the patient to talk and think about their situation.
Each of the steps is clearly explained and sample questions and key phrases are provided to help you navigate these discussions effectively and with compassion. If you learn to ask questions of the patient first and then elicit their concerns, you will help them and you will gain their trust.