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Breaking bad news to Togolese patients [r-libre/1314]

Kpanake, Lonzozou; Sorum, Paul, & Mullet, Etienne (2016). Breaking bad news to Togolese patients. Health Communication, 31, 1311-1317. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2015.1050622

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Content : Accepted Version
Item Type: Journal Articles
Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: The aim of this study was to map Togolese people’s positions regarding the breaking of bad news to elderly patients. Two hundred eleven participants who had in the past received bad medical news were presented with 72 vignettes depicting communication of bad news to elderly female patients and asked to indicate the acceptability of the physician’s conduct in each case. The vignettes were all combinations of five factors: (a) the severity of the disease, (b) the patient’s wishes about disclosure, (c) the level of social support during hospitalization, (d) the patient’s psychological robustness, and (e) the physician’s decision about how to communicate the bad news. Five qualitatively different positions were found. Two percent of the participants preferred that the physician always tell the full truth to both the patient and her relatives, 8% preferred that the truth be told depending on the physician’s perception of the situation, 15% preferred that the physician tell the truth, but understood that in some cases, nondisclosure to the patient was not inappropriate, 33% preferred that the physician tell the full truth to the relatives but not as much information to the patient, and 42% preferred that the physician tell the full truth to the relatives only. These findings present a challenge to European physicians taking care of African patients living in Europe or working in African hospitals, and to African physicians trained in Europe and now working in their home countries. If these physicians respect the imperative of always telling the truth directly to their patients, their behavior may trigger anger and considerable misunderstanding among African patients and their families.
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/104102...
Depositor: Kpanake, Lonzozou
Owner / Manager: Lonzozou Kpanake
Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 14:03

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