Do you get taught how to deal with death of a patient or do you have to deal with it your own way?
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- 10-02-2017 23:11
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- 11-02-2017 16:17
- 11-02-2017 17:35
There is a bit of emphasis on breaking bad news to patients including the death of a relative - this mainly (and rightly) concentrates on the emotions of the family member.
I have dealt with deaths of patients as a student on placement and usually the team are very supportive. I am not aware of any guidance from my medical school itself though.
I'm not sure how much can be taught though. Each person deals with death differently, and I think some deaths hit you harder than others based on personal attitudes and experiences. I guess the important thing thing is your own coping mechanisms - which aren't emphasised by my medical school either and to be honest I don't think many people would pay attention to them on the basis of such teaching being 'wishy washy.' Maybe it's just something you learn through experience?Last edited by Angury; 11-02-2017 at 17:40.
- 11-02-2017 22:48
You don't get taught it as such. You just... get used to it.
It sounds harsh but when your 20th elderly patient dies its just not that big a deal any more (for you - obviously you show lots of sympathy to the family).
Young patients dying is different. edit: so are the very unexpected, or people you've known for more than a couple days.Last edited by nexttime; 13-02-2017 at 00:06.
- 12-02-2017 22:37
I think it depends what you mean by "taught". I certainly don't recall any lectures about dealing with death, although I don't know how helpful they would have been even had they existed. It is something you learn gradually as part of your medical training, though. A lot of the things that are learned in medicine are through experience as much as a series of PowerPoint slides.