Difficult conversations have a crucial role in effective care planning

Difficult conversations have a crucial role in effective care planning

According to the General Medical Council’s report, The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2016, doctors at all levels are feeling under pressure and in need of support. Pressured work environments can have a negative impact on professional standards and on the wellbeing of doctors. The level of dissatisfaction among doctors seems to be higher than ever before. Furthermore, 12% of GMC cases leading to sanction or a warning in 2011-2015 related to some form of communication failure.

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11 essential tips to help you handle those difficult conversations

11 essential tips to help you handle those difficult conversations

Dr Catherine Millington Sanders, GP and RCGP and Marie Curie National Clinical End of Life Care Champion, shares her experience on having difficult conversations.

I recently had to explain to a woman that she was dying of metastatic breast cancer. She was a single mother with two beautiful children. Unfortunately, for so many of us, these types of difficult conversations are a daily part of our job.

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