Emergency physician responses to families following patient death
Division of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.Annals of Emergency Medicine (Impact Factor: 4.68). 03/1990; 19(2):125-8. DOI: 10.1016/S0196-0644(05)81794-9
Responses of emergency physicians when they interact with families after a death and their subsequent contact with survivors were examined. Questionnaires were sent to 138 Oregon emergency physicians and completed by 114 (83%). The number of deaths (mean +/- SD) encountered by emergency physicians was 17 +/- 15 per year. The majority of physicians (76%) usually notified the family in person and spent an average of 15 +/- 11 minutes with the family. Subsequent contact with survivors, such as sending sympathy cards, making follow-up calls, or reporting autopsy results, was relatively infrequent. While 94% of our sample group reported a need for training in this area, less than one half received any training during medical school or residency. We suggest implementation of educational programs for physicians and development of outreach programs for survivors.
- Journal of Emergency Medicine 03/1992; 10(2):225-9. DOI:10.1016/0736-4679(92)90231-H · 0.97 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We describe a program used in our emergency medicine residency to help teach residents new skills in interacting with survivors following a patient's sudden death in the emergency department. This teaching module requires about two and a half hours to complete. It includes a brief presentation of new skills, videotapes of family notification, resident role play experiences, and a summary. Trained volunteers are used as simulated survivors in the role plays. Although labor intensive and time consuming, the program offers educational advantages. The residents have an opportunity to practice their communication skills in a protected setting. In addition, they receive immediate and specific feedback from the faculty facilitator, fellow residents, and, most importantly, the simulated survivor. Following the role play sessions, residents feel they are more skillful in meeting survivors' needs.Journal of Emergency Medicine 09/1992; 10(5):643-7. DOI:10.1016/0736-4679(92)90155-M · 0.97 Impact Factor
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