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