Medicine And Books

Breaking Bad News

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1357
  1. Martin Tattersall, professor of cancer medicine
  1. University of Sydney, Australia

    G Walker, J Bradburn, J Maher / King's Fund, £6.95, pp 50 / ISBN 1 85717 135 7

    This book is the fourth publication in the Promoting Patient Choice series in the clinical change programme supported by the King's Fund. The book describes a process for gaining consensus from health professionals, patient support groups, and patients about how doctors communicate the diagnosis of cancer to patients.

    The views of 27 consultants who frequently disclose diagnoses of cancer were sought in individual interviews lasting an average of 45 minutes. The views of patients about the …

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