|September 2008 · Vol. 20, No. 09
Focus on Professional Liability
Strategies for breaking bad news to patients
Communication is healing to all involved when you bring your personal strengths to this difficult task. The author offers a set of skills.
Dr. Bub is director and founder of Advanced Physician Awareness Training, Philadelphia, Pa. He teaches communication skills and provides confidential support and mentoring to professionals experiencing litigation and other professional stress. He is the author of Communication Skills that Heal (Radcliffe Publishing–Oxford, 2006). Dr. Bub can be contacted at BarryBub@gmail.com.
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Consider the findings of two surveys of radiology residents and attending mammographers on breaking bad or troubling news to patients: