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Editor's Correspondence
October 26, 2009

Medical Oncologists' Experience in Attending a Funeral and Communicating Condolences

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(19):1806-1818. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.373

I read with interest “Bereavement Practices of Physicians in Oncology and Palliative Care.”1 I attempted to conduct a similar study on a smaller scale several years ago and telephoned offices and spoke to the registered nurses of oncology offices in Florida where I practice. In most cases, the registered nurse stated that she was unaware if the practice or physician sent a condolence card or letter or not.

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