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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