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The emotional impact of life-altering medical news - perspectives from health professionals

Best Practice Birmingham 2022 Programme

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The emotional impact of life-altering medical news - perspectives from health professionals

12 Oct 2022
Best Practice Workshop Theatre

In this session, Neil will be joined by members of the Person-Centred Neurosciences Society, including emergency medicine consultant, Dr Jonny Acheson, who lives with Parkinson's, and who contributed to the writing of a paper published earlier this year with Onmedica: What is it like to hear life- altering medical news? Perspectives from health professionals?

  • Important for healthcare professionals should look after their own emotions.
  • When breaking bad news, be prepared for the moment, be in the moment, live through the moment, give time for the moment, reflect on the moment.
  • A person receiving ‘bad news’ may not hear everything that is said:
  • Be prepared for such a reaction
  • Be clear in how you use the question ‘Do you understand?’ and what part of the conversation you are referring to
  • Both the attending clinician and a person with a brain disorder should take responsibility for the path ahead, e.g. “We will work together on this”
  • Linking in early with community-based health and social care professionals is very valuable and can empower the individual to know who to contact, how and when, rather than feeling isolated
Speakers
Neil Bindemann, Executive Director - The Primary Care & Community Neurology Society