BMA: Doctors caring for dying patients need more support

British Medical Association’s call comes as poll highlights impact treating patients at end of their life has on doctors | The Guardian

marseille-142394_960_720.jpgThe British Medical Association has called for more support for doctors caring for dying patients after a survey found fewer than one in five physicians feel they get sufficient assistance. The poll highlighted the deep-seated effect that treating patients at the end of their life has on doctors, with 93.9% saying it has an emotional impact on them.

More than a third (37.2%) of the 457 doctors who responded to the online poll said they cared for dying patients frequently or all the time. A similar proportion (34.6%) said they occasionally cared for people at the end of their life, with 28.2% saying they never did. Only 14.7% said they had accessed formal or informal support networks, either locally or nationally.

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