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    Hi,

    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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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    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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    I don't think we've had any formal teaching.
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    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you get taught how to deal with death of a patient or do you have to deal with it your own way?

    James
    We haven't been taught how to deal with it in the past five years of my course.

    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?
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    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.
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    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.
 
 
 
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