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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 596-600

Mothers' preferences toward breaking bad news about their children cancer

1 Department of Community Medicine, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran
2 Clinical Research and Development Unit, Akbar Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
3 School of Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran; Educational Development Center, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran

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Dr. Zahra Abbasi Shaye
Clinical Research and Development Unit, Akbar Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_342_17

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Background: The responsibility of breaking bad news (BBN) to patients is one of the most difficult tasks of a medical profession. Aim: The current study aimed to investigate the preferences of mothers of children with cancer about BBN. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study was conducted in Mashhad during years of 2016, 62 mothers of children with cancer at Dr-Sheikh hospital were recruited by convenience sampling and completed a questionnaire including demographic data and 20 questions about the mothers' preferences to BBN. Data displayed as percent by SPSS V20 software. Results: Mothers preferred that BBN conducted by their child's doctor (93.5%), with an emotional and compassionate way (83.9%), and in a private setting (90.3%). Be told completely about the process of diagnosis (98.4%), meet people with similar conditions (83.9%), receive psychological (85.5%), and religious (79%) support after getting bad news, being in touch with a close relative (82.3%) and applying another term-like malignancy instead of cancer (95.5%). Conclusion: We tried providing helpful information for developing national guidelines about how to breaking news in Iran, by doing this study.

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