Whether it is appropriate for physicians to display their emotions in front of a patient is a question that has no easy answer. Some physicians may consider it an expression of empathy, while others caution against doing so. This article describes the findings of a survey of blood and marrow transplant physicians who were asked whether it is OK to cry in front of patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The genuine prevalence and intensity of grief reactions among physicians in response to patient death is unknown. However, a number of authorities and studies indicate that such experiences are fairly commonplace among physicians practicing in the clinical arena. In addition, it appears that the grief response of physicians may be tempered by a number of personal and environmental/contextual factors. A number of authors have proffered various approaches to resolving grief responses in these unique circumstances and many emphasize the importance of doing so in an effort to stave off burnout.
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