Doctors can benefit from spending time with their dying patientsBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7200.1763a (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1763
- Sally Mirando, Palliative care nurse specialist (UMirando@aol.com)
- Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Gwent NP7 7EG
EDITOR—Haas's observation that few junior doctors witness peaceful expected death mirrors my own experience in a district general hospital.1 I am frequently involved in both suggesting and confirming that a patient is dying and then advising on suitable care and drug treatment to achieve a comfortable death.
I always encourage junior doctors to spend time with a patient they say they can do no more for. A daily contact that shows genuine concern for the patient, …