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A Piece of My Mind
November 7, 2001

You Have the Power

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(17):2067-2068. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2067

I presided over both of their deaths, but the situations were so very different. Mr Stuart collapsed while square dancing at the senior center. I was on call in the emergency department (ED) when he was brought in. Our resuscitative attempts were unsuccessful, and I met his widow for the first time as I gave her the bad news.

At my request, Mrs Stuart came to see me at my office about 3 weeks later. I had developed the routine of requesting a follow-up visit after a patient died to see if the survivor had questions about the events surrounding the death and to see how she or he was coping with grief.

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