L'annonce d'une mauvaise nouvelle en oncologie

Translated title of the contribution: Breaking bad news

Verena Voelter*, René Olivier Mirimanoff, Friedrich Stiefel, Ingrid Rousselle, Serge Leyvraz

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Breaking bad news is one of the most stressful duties of the physician in oncology. Among other issues, it includes discussion of cancer diagnosis or the failure of therapy. The oncologist is often puzzled by an apprehension regarding the delivery of bad news. The fear to be exposed to unexpected strong emotional reactions by the patient, such as aggression or despair, may cause the oncologist to adopt unproductive coping strategies such as discussion about technical details while avoiding to deliver the main message. However, good communication skills are the key for a satisfying conversation with the patient. The oncologists' discomfort induced by the above mentioned apprehension is one of the most important barriers for a successful conversation.

Translated title of the contributionBreaking bad news
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1350-1353
Number of pages4
JournalRevue Medicale Suisse
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 18 2005
Externally publishedYes

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