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Specialist registrars’ emotional responses to a patient’s death
  1. A Baverstock1,
  2. F Finlay2
  1. 1Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, UK
  2. 2Community Child Health Department, Bath, Somerset, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Anna Baverstock
    Department of Paediatrics, Taunton & Somerset Hospital, Musgrove Park, Taunton TA1 5DA, UK; annabav{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Aim: To investigate the emotional reactions of registrars following the death of a child.

Methods: A multicentre study to determine the sources of support for registrars and the use of debriefing following a child’s death. A questionnaire was sent or given to registrars within the South West Region.

Results: There was a 75% response rate; 71% of registrars felt they had initial support but limited ongoing support and 69% of registrars supported junior colleagues. There was debriefing in 31% of cases.

Conclusions: More accessible and constructive support for staff needs to be developed following a patient’s death.

  • death
  • support

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  • Competing interests: none declared

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