Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19737
Title: A qualitative study of stress and coping responses in doctors breaking bad news
Contributor(s): Shaw, Joanne M (author); Brown, Rhonda (author); Dunn, Stewart M (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.11.006
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19737
Abstract: Objective: Breaking bad news (BBN) is a significant source of stress for doctors. In this study we qualitatively explored doctors' perceptions of their BBN experiences, to identify the range of appraisal and coping processes associated with this task. Methods: Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with 28 junior and senior doctors. Results: Doctors recalled physical and emotional stress symptoms during the BBN task, although they tended not to describe it as a 'stressful' experience. Senior doctors appeared to engage in more problem-focused and meaning-focused coping strategies than junior doctors, and this may have been due to their greater experience and control over patient selection and work structures. Conclusions: This study provides insight into the range of different coping responses experienced by doctors in relation to the task of breaking bad medical news. Practice implications: The results reinforce and refine the imperative for further training to address the impact of BBN from the doctor's perspective if performance of this critical task is to be improved.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Patient Education and Counseling, 91(2), p. 243-248
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Place of Publication: Ireland
ISSN: 1873-5134
0738-3991
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111714 Mental Health
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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