Understanding and responding to severe and enduring patient distress resulting from episodes of healthcare

Kenward, Linda (2017) Understanding and responding to severe and enduring patient distress resulting from episodes of healthcare. Nursing Standard, 31 (31). pp. 54-63. Item availability may be restricted.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2017.e10285

Abstract

This article focuses on the severe, long-term and debilitating distress that may be experienced by patients as a result of their interactions with healthcare professionals and services. It is essential for healthcare professionals to be able to respond effectively to severe patient distress resulting from episodes of healthcare. Severe and enduring patient distress can occur in response to neglect – even when unintentional, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and/or deficits in the quality of care. Severe and enduring distress experienced by patients may go unacknowledged; the long-term consequences may not be recognised, or resolution may be presumed following formal apologies or receipt of compensation. An emphasis on the duty of candour has increased awareness of the importance of honesty and acknowledgement of adverse events or ‘near misses’ in the healthcare setting, in improving the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Standard
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 2047-9018
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Nursing, Health and Professional Practice
Depositing User: Linda Kenward
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 03:57
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2597

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