Delivering bad news

1 Jun

Some thoughts on the difference between how a diagnosis of serious illness is delivered in physical healthcare and mental health care:






2 Responses to “Delivering bad news”

  1. Judy 2 June 2016 at 8:37 am #

    I know lots of people will disagree but I find it weird how in community services a nurse/social worker/ OT will be ‘in charge’ of your care. If its ‘complex’ care plans seem to be arrived at by various committees, who the patient never has any contact with. Diagnoses and care plans arrived at after inpatient stays may be completely ignored once back with the community team. No one is ever in charge of helping you get better/improve your life, so it is impossible to find anyone who is accountable. And on wards, good nurses / HCAs listen to you, some seem to arrive at their own idea of what your problems without spending any time with you, or detailed reading of your notes. Sometimes wonder if anyone ever looks back beyond the first few pages of notes. The notes are generally full of inaccuracies which no one ever bothers to correct.

  2. Wendy 6 June 2016 at 8:18 am #

    The first time i was ill i went to the doc with what i thought was really bad PMT. She didn’t disagree and gave me anti depressants, no discussion. 5 years later i bought a house and had to get life insurance for which they need to see your medical notes, they turned me down for certain sections of the insurance as i had clinical depression, so i was told by a lady in a call centre at an insurance company!!

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