Giving Bad News: A Qualitative Research Exploration

Aein, Fereshteh and Delaram, Masoumeh (2014) Giving Bad News: A Qualitative Research Exploration. IRANIAN RED CRESCENT MEDICAL JOURNAL, 16 (6).


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Background: The manner in which healthcare professionals deliver bad news affects the way it is received, interpreted, understood, and dealt with. Despite the fact that clinicians are responsible for breaking bad news, it has been shown that they lack skills necessary to perform this task. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore Iranian mothers' experiences to receive bad news about their children cancer and to summarize suggestions for improving delivering bad news by healthcare providers. Materials and Methods: A qualitative approach using content analysis was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 mothers from two pediatric hospitals in Iran. Results: Five major categories emerged from the data analysis, including dumping information, shock and upset, emotional work, burden of delivering bad news to the family members, and a room for multidisciplinary approach. Conclusions: Effective communication of healthcare team with mothers is required during breaking bad news. Using multidisciplinary approaches to prevent harmful reactions and providing appropriate support are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Truth Disclosure; Neoplasms; Mothers; Child; Qualitative Research
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
WS Pediatrics
QZ pathology-Neoplasms
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 03:48
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 06:16

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