• Audio
  • RRR

30 minutes

GPs,GP trainees

Breaking bad news: a guide for GPs- Archived [?]

This podcast uses real testimonies to discuss how patients prefer to receive or not receive bad news, and how to prepare

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should know:

  • How patients prefer and prefer not to be treated - using real patient testimony
  • Why it is important to break bad news well
  • The impact on the healthcare professional
  • What skills, verbal and non-verbal, are required
  • How to prepare the setting, yourself, and the patient
  • How to deal with relatives, including confidentiality
  • How to provide support.

Written by:

BMJ Learning clinical editors


 Kate Adams, Christine Johnson

Last updated

04 Jan 2011

Release date

04 Jan 2011


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning has assigned half an hour of credit to this module
Bhutan Medical and Health Council 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Bhutan Medical and Health Council has formally accredited all BMJ Learning online modules for continuous professional development. Bhutan Medical and Health Council will accept the CME credit provided by BMJ Learning to any registered members of Bhutan Medical and Health Council for renewal of their registration.
Dubai Health Authority 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning is approved as a CME resource by the Dubai Health Authority (accreditation number 0013/18)
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) of the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait is the authority responsible for organising all aspects of postgraduate training of medical practitioners and other health professionals in Kuwait. Users within Kuwait can claim 30 minutes or 0.5 credit per half an hour of learning completed.
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.5 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.5 credit points under Category II
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 0:30 hours The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
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