The Decision to Engage in End-of-Life Discussions: A Structured Approach for Doctors in Training
Berry, Philip A
Clinical medicine (London, England) 2010 Oct; 10(5): 468-71
Engaging in end-of-life discussions is a major source of anxiety for doctors in training. The authors propose the use of a decision-making model to assist trainees and their clinical supervisors in such situations. Divided into' 'patient-centred' and 'physician-centred' components, the model ensures that the following aspects are analysed: patient and family safety, patient and family choice, physician competence and physician comfort. A real but historical end-of-life scenario is presented to a foundation year 1 doctor, and the particular risks of engaging in a discussion are subsequently clarified with reference to each of the model's components.
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