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Delivering bad news: the most challenging task in patient education.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Optometric Association
Publication Date
Volume
58
Issue
8
Pages
660–663
Identifiers
PMID: 3624761
Source
Medline

Abstract

Communicating clinical findings that a patient's vision cannot be improved and/or will deteriorate is a challenging patient education responsibility. The bad news will be upsetting for the patient no matter how it is presented. By presenting findings in a thoughtful, step-by-step manner taking into account the patient's shock and distress and providing appropriate patient education information, the practitioner plays a critical role in facilitating the patient's participation in the rehabilitation process.

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