Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2020, Page: 28-30
Death Announcement: Difficulties and Pediatricians’ Experiences
Mariam Lagrine, Department of Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco
Fatiha Bennaoui, Department of Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco
Nadia El Idrissi Slitine, Department of Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco
Fadl Mrabih Rabou Maoulainine, Department of Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco
Received: May 1, 2020;       Accepted: Jun. 10, 2020;       Published: Jun. 20, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijpbs.20200502.11      View  338      Downloads  91
Notification of death is a shock for the family but also for the caregiver. However, there is a tendency to forget the feelings of caregivers about this theme. The objective of our study is to evaluate doctors feelings and the difficulties during the announcement of deaths. Methods: A qualitative, exploratory study involving 34 doctors exercising at the pediatric center of the Mohammed VI university hospital in Marrakesh. To explore doctors' experiences in providing care, their emotional reactions to the patient's death, and their use of coping and social resources to manage their emotions. Results: An amount of doctors reported death between 5 to 10 times in 35.3% and between 10 to 20 times in 26.4%; 41.2% of the cases reported a feeling of sadness during the notification, 29.4% felt dizzy and 29.4% revealed a stress. Twenty-one doctors had felt the need of support and a psychologist consultation to talk and express themselves. A percentage of 97% of physicians said they had never received any training on the death notification and felt that training in this sense was useful and necessary. Conclusion: notification of death remains a difficult test, it requires preparation as well as learning by training especially when it comes to announcing the death of a child.
Pediatrician, Death, Communication, Pain, Children
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Mariam Lagrine, Fatiha Bennaoui, Nadia El Idrissi Slitine, Fadl Mrabih Rabou Maoulainine, Death Announcement: Difficulties and Pediatricians’ Experiences, International Journal of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 28-30. doi: 10.11648/j.ijpbs.20200502.11
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