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A Piece of My Mind
March 19, 2014

Breaking Good

Author Affiliations
  • 1Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel

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JAMA. 2014;311(11):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1605

Today’s medical literature sometimes offers tips to physicians on how to give bad news.1,2 Most of us know that giving bad news isn’t easy. In medicine, it can be a make-or-break process in the evolution of patient-physician relationships. But what we don’t often see in medical literature is advice on giving good news.3 I learned recently—twice in the same day—that giving even good news can be difficult.

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