Challenges for the Clinician

Common challenges clinicians face when breaking bad news are:

  • Conveying information with sensitivity and honesty
  • Deciding whether or not to encourage hope
  • Meeting the needs of patients from various cultural backgrounds whose prognostic information needs may differ
  • Allowing for and processing clinicians own responses to her/his involvement in the process.
  • Meeting the special needs of vulnerable populations ( chronically mentally ill, homeless patients etc)

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