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The ties that bind: a reflection on physician grief.

Summary of "The ties that bind: a reflection on physician grief."

Physician grief remains a prevalent yet largely unacknowledged problem in the medical profession. Several techniques can be employed to improve coping in physicians that deal frequently with patients approaching the end of life that can be integrated into medical training programs and physician practices. The author recounts his own experience of physician grief having cared for a patient on his dying journey and using it as an opportunity for personal growth.

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University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, ggiddings@bruyere.org.

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Name: Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
ISSN: 1433-7339
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