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The development of best practice in breaking bad news to patients

The Department of Health requires that patients’ spiritual and cultural needs are provided for (DoH, 2000a; 2000b; 1994). And there can be few tasks that a health care practitioner has to undertake that impact more upon patients and their relatives, than that of breaking bad news. The level of skill with which this task is carried out will often make a huge difference to the way that patients and their families come to terms with, and continue to handle, their situation.

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