Sunday, May 22, 2005
The Power of GoodbyeSeattle Times, May 19th, 2005
One cancer patient calls them "MIA doctors" â€” doctors who go missing in action when their patients are about to die.
Doctors, even with patients they've known for years, often avoid saying goodbye, says Dr. Anthony Back, a cancer specialist who teaches young doctors communication skills. And their inability to say those little words often leaves patients feeling perplexed and abandoned at an especially vulnerable time.
Back, who wrote about the problem in last month's issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, said he was stunned when he asked his students, all cancer specialists in their last stages of training, if they acknowledge to patients about to die that they won't be seeing them again.
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