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Editor's Correspondence
November 12, 2007

A Partial Solution to a Big Problem

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(20):2261-2262. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.20.2261-b

The recent article by Back et al1 provides insight into the efficacy of an intensive physician training program to increase communication skills regarding end-of-life care and delivery of bad news, two of the more complex, daunting, and gratifying tasks that physicians perform on a regular basis. While I applaud their efforts to develop this program and assess its value, 2 things are troubling.

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