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Labaf A, Jahanshir A, Amir Shahvaraninasab A. Difficulties in using Western guidelines for breaking bad news in the emergency department: the necessity of indigenizing guidelines for non-Western countries. IJMEHM 2014; 7 (1) :4-11
URL: http://ijme.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5301-en.html
1- Department of Emergency Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Emergency Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , ah-jahanshir@sina.tums.ac.ir
3- Department of Emergency Medicine, Aja Universitiy of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (9042 Views)
Breaking bad news is one of the most difficult tasks an emergency physician has to perform and unfortunately it is not well studied. Almost all of the original studies for compilation of the guidelines of breaking bad news have been conducted in a non-emergent situation and were physician-oriented. In this study and by reviewing related articles in medical databases, the authors try to show the necessity of adapting these guidelines into the situation of the emergency departments and indigenizing them for non-Western countries. This can be the first step to design a guideline for the emergency department.The different nature of bad news and the chaotic situation in the emergency departments are the two most important points that may prevent using these guidelines in the emergency departments. On the other hand, breaking bad news guidelines are designed based on Western cultures and their application in a non-Western country may decrease their effectiveness.To the best of our knowledge, there is no national guideline for breaking bad news in Iran. There is a long way to go before we can suggest a national guideline for emergency departments, so we recommend using one of the Western guidelines and indigenizing it according to the Iranian culture and emergency situations.
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Received: 2014/04/27 | Accepted: 2014/04/27 | Published: 2014/04/27

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