Giving Patients Bad News


Cancer

Kidney failure


Heart failure


Premature baby


"Late stage

Nothing we can do

You should start praying"

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Nobody wants to hear these words

Patients go to doctors to get thier health back in one way or another

We seek guidance and comfort from health experts

We seek a medical miracle to replace an organ, cut out a tumor, remove a clot, stitch something broken


In most cases it does work out one way or another


But in reality life is not always fair

Medicine does not cure everything

Doctors cannot save everyone


Bad news is the hardest part of medical practice and communicating this to people is by far the hardest test of a doctors character


I know many doctors who are the top of their class, have complete dozen exams but is a complete failure as a human being


That person has not graduated the most important exam in medical school




'Healthcare communication and empathy'


This is the main thing a patient and the family needs at those unfortunate times


We as humans know time is short

But in highly emotional moments we cannot process logic - or respond calmly


In such cases a doctors true skill comes out when they can safely manage the emotional road to understand what happened to the patient - what will happen - & when


But most importantly how to prepare for the next eventual and final event


Modern medical education has failed in teaching these skills before graduation - especially in many Asian countries. That is why most complaints about anti-social and anti-human behaviour occurs towards some doctors.


A lifetime of chasing degrees, writing exams, facing stress, patient abuse and sometimes difficult healthcare policies - can make anyone cold hearted.


It is understandable but should not be tolerated


Doctors need to invest in upgrading their empathic abilities - so as to improve patient communication


A strong sense of humanity is needed to explain to a person such bad news


We cannot heal or overcome this stress if there is no professional helping hand - and nobody is more trustworthy than a honest and compassionate doctor


Under these present days - sometimes its like nobody cares - doctors are corrupt - patients are crazy


But I know there are some really amazing people out there


There are amazing, skilled and caring healthcare providers out there - and i am sure you know them too


Maybe they are family members or someone you know


You should thank them sometimes for their great work,


Giving bad news is a difficult job - but people appreciate it when it is done in the right way


There are courses, there are books out there - I personally enjoyed the guidelines in the USMLE Step 2 CS manuals


After all there is more to life than exams - you should implement that knowledge into the real world while you still can.


I thank you for reading this post

I hope you can share this video to a caring doctor friend to let them know that you appreciate their skills



Dr. Ismail Sayeed

MBBS MMed MSc

Founder & CEO

ViOS Ltd

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