Bad news is defined as any news that drastically and negatively alters the patient's view of his or her future. Patients do no forget where, when and how they were told bad news. Breaking bad news is one of the physician's most difficult duties. The factors that make communicating bad new difficult may arise from the patient's or clinician's sociocultural setting. Randomized studies have shown that learning communication skills may have a positive impact on both the giver and the receiver of bad news. We describe a 6-step protocol, described by and Buckman, which may be useful for this task.
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