When a longtime patient dies: How clinicians cope

iStockphoto.com 155360079 It’s not unusual for any practitioner to experience complicated emotions when a death or a terminal diagnosis disrupts the personal bond forged with a patient over many years, but experts say lower extremity clinicians often are not well equipped to deal with these emotions. By Emily Delzell When a patient to whom an Australian podiatrist had grown close over years of appointments died unexpectedly, colleagues got in touch to say they’d heard and to ask how she was doing. They shared their own stories, talking about good deaths and not so good deaths, and how they had been affected

iStockphoto.com 155360079 It’s not unusual for any practitioner to experience complicated emotions when a death or a terminal diagnosis disrupts the personal bond forged with a patient over many years, but experts say lower extremity clinicians often are not well equipped to deal with these emotions. By Emily Delzell When a patient to whom an Australian podiatrist had grown close over years of appointments died unexpectedly, colleagues got in touch to say they’d heard and to ask how she was doing. They shared their own stories, talking about good deaths and not so good deaths, and how they had been affected

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When a longtime patient dies: How clinicians cope