Train relatives to intervene

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1160 (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1160
  1. Christopher A J McLaughlan
  1. Accident and emergency consultant, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol BS16 1LE.

    EDITOR,--In his editorial on myocardial infarction Peter Herbert mentions training in basic life support for the families of patients with heart disease and that this training apparently causes families less anxiety than had been feared.1 I wish to emphasise the value of targeting such training and to state more positively that anxiety need not be increased (and can even be decreased) in both the patient and his or her relatives. Training in basic …

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