If it doesn't work, stop it

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7446.1015-c (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1015

Don't just stand there, hold my hand

  1. Karen Forbes, consultant and Macmillan senior lecturer in palliative medicine (k.forbes@bristol.ac.uk)
  1. United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Bristol BS2 8ED

    EDITOR—“The aphorism ‘Don't just do something, stand there!’ seems ludicrous.”1

    Does it?

    Reading this reminded me of something a student wrote in a reflective piece at the end of the University of Bristol's fifth year preregistration house officer shadowing course. She was confronted on a ward round …

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