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Patients' experiences and expectations of the General Practitioner's role during bereavement care after losing a loved one: A qualitative study

Authors
  • Van Goethem, Julie;
  • Verschaeve, Marie;
  • Peters, Sanne;
  • Smeets, Miek; 92593;
Publication Date
Sep 02, 2022
Source
Lirias
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Abstract

General practitioners (GPs) are well positioned to support patients during their grieving process. This study investigated patients' experiences and expectations of their GP's role during bereavement care after losing a loved one. Semi-structured interviews (N = 14) were conducted to gain a deeper insight with the aim to improve the quality of primary bereavement care. Results showed a role for GPs in the assessment of and response to patients' needs. Patients had limited expectations of their GP but did appreciate it when their GP showed concern about their loss. It is recommended that GPs discuss bereavement care during patient encounters. / status: published

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