Breaking the news in spinal cord injury

Short Title:
Breaking the news in spinal cord injury
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
Journal:
J Spinal Cord Med
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2008, vol. 31, issue 1, pp 7-12
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Breaking the bad news in terms of prognosis for significant motor recovery following a neurologically complete spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most difficult tasks for the spinal cord medicine specialist. Learning the skills to facilitate this communication is extremely important to better assist patients to understand their prognosis as well as foster hope for their future. If bad news is delivered poorly it can cause confusion and long-lasting distress and resentment; if done well, it may assist understanding, adjustment, and acceptance. This article provides the physician who cares for patients with SCI with some concepts to consider when discussing prognosis with patients and their families.
Author(s):
Kirshblum, S.; Fichtenbaum, J.
Author Address(es):
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ 07052, USA. skirshblum@kessler-rehab.com

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