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Patient Perspective – Denial? Or Doctorly Deference?

And even if she were not in denial, was his patient perhaps just too overwhelmed by this distressing news to properly process what it meant?

“I fear that we don’t always take the time, or are even adequately trained, to figure out what patients do and don’t understand, what they do and do not accept, and what they are and are not able to cope with in that moment. In one study5, nearly 40% of hospitalized patients had no understanding regarding their plan of care for the day – and only 32% remembered the name of even one of their doctors (60%, however, could name their nurses).”

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