Early pregnancy loss - breaking bad news

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Breaking bad news is an integral part of a doctor's role. Doing this sensitively is an important skill and can have lasting effects on the recipient, positive or otherwise. Doing it badly makes a difficult situation worse; doing it well can not make the situation better, but it avoids the recipient being left with additional painful memories.

Learning objectives

When you have completed this tutorial you will:

  • become more aware of how to deal with women's reactions
  • become familiar with the problems that you may face as the bearer of bad news
  • learn about different ways of breaking news
  • become aware of how to deal with the reactions of the father and of ther family members.

Last updated May 2015.