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Semin Med Pract 
2008 ;11:11-20
Breaking bad news: a patient-centered approach to delivering an unexpected cancer diagnosis
Dwamena FC, Han C, Smith RC

Delivering bad news to patients is a difficult but essential task in clinical practice. Physicians often feel unprepared to handle this task effectively and, as a result, may adopt counterproductive ways to convey bad news. This article presents a patient-centered approach that can help physicians better anticipate, elicit, and respond to patient reactions to receiving bad news and lead to less distress and better patient choices.

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