Breaking bad news – Facilitator Guide – Cambridge

Download Resource

Language: English

Profession: Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social work

Level of Learner: Undergraduate

Type of Tool: Facilitator guide, Communication Model, Simulated patient case

What to Teach / Assess Topic(s): Challenging situations, Gathering information, Giving information

Core Curriculum Objectives:


Goals/Educational Objectives:

To introduce an area of difficulty for all doctors To explore the reasons for the difficulties and look at ways of dealing with them To show that bad news is more than just dealing with fatal illness To establish the basic principles of good practice To enable students to develop a framework with which to observe other doctors break bad news To build on the CCS skills learnt in the Introductory Course

Brief description:

Comprehensive description of experiential small group sessions focusing on bad news telling including three different cases with SP and student instruction, literature, handouts with charts and more

Practical Resources:

3.5 hour (with breaks) small group session with simulated patients and facilitator

Author(s) and Affiliation(s): Jonathan Silverman, Cambridge