Letters “Heartsink”

Need for a forum where young doctors can express feelings about patients

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i759 (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i759
  1. Jacq L Hawkins, general practitioner1
  1. 1Ambleside Group Practice, Ambleside LA22 9BP, UK
  1. jlavender62{at}gmail.com

Although I agree with Cocksedge that labelling patients with the word “heartsink” probably isn’t helpful,1 I think there’s an element of denial or possibly political correctness in not recognising that it can describe just how you feel. If my heart sinks, it is because a patient keeps returning even though I have …

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