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A Patient-centered Approach to Breaking Bad News: Communication Guidelines for Health Care Providers

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Abstract:

This investigation takes a patient-centered approach to examining strategies physicians use to deliver bad news to patients. Qualitative data were obtained from 68 patients who had received a message they perceived as negative information from a health care provider. Through grounded theory methodology, patient accounts were examined to reveal four provider strategies for breaking bad news. This investigation underscores the importance of using effective communication strategies to achieve patient satisfaction and compliance.

Keywords: Bedside Manner; Breaking Bad News; Consumer-Provider; Health Communication; Patient-Provider Relationship; Physician-Patient

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00909880701262997

Publication date: 2007-05-01

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