Navigating Difficult Clinical Situations

Hope and Bad News

The lecture duration is 16min.

0.5 CPD Points, 0.5 CEUs, 0.5 CME credits approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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Rachel Sabbagh
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health & Interpersonal Therapist, Huntington Beach, California, USA
Lecture Summary

Hope is a universal human experience. It is the desire to fulfill a cherished dream or attain a sought-after state of being. It is a kind of optimistic longing for something that represents an improvement on current circumstances. Illness and death bring hope to the forefront of human experience. Whereas most of us delay achieving some of our life goals, caught in the illusion of having infinite time, those who are facing serious illness or approaching death can have a much keener awareness of time urgency. Hope offers an important source of comfort. Some of the confusion around hope comes from clinicians’ limited view of the scope of hope. They define hope in narrow terms, seeing “cure hope” as the only meaningful kind of hope that is worth fostering. Still others wrestle with how to encourage some hope, enough to help motivate patients to adhere to treatment. The goal of this presentation is to help you expand your perspectives on hope; to channel hope to a more immediate goal and walk the last journey with your patients confidently and with a willingness to embrace such difficult conversations as part of your compassionate care.

Target Audience

Oncology nurses
Trainee oncology doctors
General practitioners

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the importance of hope in patient care
  • Identify strategies to deliver hope and bad news in different clinical contexts
  • Identify different goals for hope