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When Treatment FailsHow medicine cares for dying children$
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David J. Bearison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.001.0001

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Patients and Families Reacting

Patients and Families Reacting

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(p.221) 7 Patients and Families Reacting
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When Treatment Fails
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David J. Bearison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.003.0007

This chapter presents narratives that speak to the ways in which patients and families react to end-of-life care, particularly the anguish of parents in letting go of their child. These stories are told using the perspective of the medical staff, and not of the patients or the families. It is determined that 147 out of 429 parents—34 percent—talked with their child about death, and that none of them had regretted it.

Keywords:   end of life, patients and families, anguish of parents, medical staff

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