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Sharing uncertainty and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2697

The skills of uncertainty

Uncertainty is common in medicine, as in life, and sharing uncertainty is a skill that every doctor has to learn, often by trial and error. Done badly, it can increase anxiety and reduce trust. Done well, it can put the doctor alongside the patient, which is especially important at the end of life. A narrative review of this difficult topic (Postgrad Med J doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133371) suggests that skills and insights for sharing uncertainty are best found within palliative care, and that they should be more widely used and learnt from.

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