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Communicating the death of a child in the emergency department: managing dialectical tensions

Publication year
2008
Author(s)
Parker-Raley, J.; Jones, B. L.; Maxson, R. T.
Pages
20-31
Volume
30
Number
5

This study highlighted the tensions that physicians face when communicating the death of a child to parents. Ten pediatric physicians participated in interviews in which they were asked to provide specific details about end-of-life discussions they have had with families in pediatric emergency rooms. From these findings, it is evident that physicians are required to balance multiple external and internal tensions embedded in these difficult conversations.

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