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1

What is thanatophobia?

fear of death
**can lead to avoiding dying patients & their families
**doctors resistant to referring patients to palliative care--want a cure!

2

What did Dr. Kubler-Ross find with dying patients?

no "dying patients" in the 800 bed teaching hospitals. They were found in acute care hospitals far away.

3

T/F Denial is common in health care professionals when it comes to death.

True.

4

What are the 5 stages of dying according to Kubler-Ross?

1. Denial ( & isolation)
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Depression
5. Acceptance
**people can hop around these stages, not necessarily linear.

5

T/f The 5 stages of dying only applies to patients, NOT to physicians.

False. This applies to us too.

6

Aside from the stages of grief...what are other reactions that physicians have to patients' death?

Failure
Guilt
Blame
Frustration

7

T/F Patients can only have the 5 stages of grief with death.

False. They can experience this with any sense of loss. Loss of friend, divorce etc.

8

According to DSM V...what are the normal symptoms of grief?

Normal Grief: can involve symptoms of major depression
**sadness, insomnia, poor appetite, weight loss.

9

What are some grief symptoms that are more extreme-not a part of normal grief?

suicidal ideation
marked functional impairment
morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, hallucinations
marked psychomotor retardation

10

When can you classify grief as a major depressive episode?

No waiting period. Can diagnose one day after major loss & prescribe anti-depressants.

11

T/F If a person who has just lost their child sees them or hears their voice--it is appropriate to prescribe anti-psychotics.

False. This is a normal part of the grieving process.