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Anaesthetists' attitudes towards attending the funerals of their patients: A cross-sectional study among Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists

Kwangtaek Kim, Leonid Churilov, Chong Oon Tan, Tuong Phan, Jake Geertsema, Roni Krieser, Rishi Mehra, Paul Anthony Stewart, Clive Rachbuch, Andrew Huang, Laurence Weinberg

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


A patient's death can pose significant stress on the family and the treating anaesthetist. Anaesthetists' attitudes about the benefits of and barriers to attending a patient's funeral are unknown. Therefore, we performed a prospective, cross-sectional study to ascertain the frequency of anaesthetists' attendance at a patient's funeral and their perceptions about the benefits and barriers. The primary aim was to investigate the attitudes of anaesthetists towards attending the funeral of a patient. The secondary aims were to examine the perceived benefits of and barriers to attending the funeral and to explore the rate of bonds being formed between anaesthetists, patients and families. Of the ..

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