Role Ambiguity in General Practice: The Care of Patients Dying at Home
Social Science and Medicine. 1986; 23(5): 519-525.
Twenty-two British general practitioners were given semi-structured interviews to investigate their perceptions and strategies when dealing with dying patients. On the question of telling patients about the nature of their illnesses, there appeared to be a continuum, rather than a dichotomy, of practice--most patients learn the information eventually, but physicians differ in the extent to which they aim for open discussion of the issue. Over half of the physicians perceived terminal care to be a demanding but satisfying fulfillment of their professional skills. Nearly a quarter, however, found it both difficult and unrewarding. The authors suggest that such physicians are guided by only a curative role model and have not yet succeeded in internalizing a developing role model for dealing with dying patients. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Cancer; Communication; Death; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Dying Patients; General Practice; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Home Care; Hospices; Interviews; Medicine; Nature; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Prognosis; Psychological Stress; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Survey; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Truth Disclosure;
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