Communicating difficult news

Richard B. Gunderman, Arthy Saravanan

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The conversation should end with a summary. First, the radiologist should ask the patient and family members if they have any questions. In some cases, they may pose questions to which the radiologist does not know the answer. It is perfectly appropriate to admit this. It is important to emphasize that the patient is under the care of a team whose members know and support one another and are familiar with other resources (support groups, social workers, chaplains) that may be helpful. The radiologist should review an action plan (at a minimum, the day and time of the next appointment) and introduce other health rofessionals patients will be dealing with. Also, the radiologist should offer contact information so the patient can follow-up if additional questions arise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-156
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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