Integrate biology, social and behavioral science




Personality Apropos to a Physician:

Read on Perspectives in Medicine

Techniques for giving bad news.

Category Technique

Forecast possibility of bad news

Clarify who should attend the bad news visit

Clarify who should give the bad news


Give bad news in person

Give bad news in private

Sit down and make eye contact


Identify what the patient already knows

Give the news clearly and unambiguously

Identify important feelings and concerns

Emotional support

Remain with the patient and listen

Use empathic statements

Invite further dialogue


Use simple, clear words and concepts

Summarize and check patient's understanding



Medical Student Skills