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Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
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Ethics of Breaking Sad News to Patient by Health Care Professionals: Pakistan Perspective

Badruddin S*
Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author : Badruddin S
Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: 966-551250796
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 14, 2015; Accepted date: February 22, 2016; Published date: February 25, 2016
Citation: Badruddin S (2016) Ethics of Breaking Sad News to Patient by Health Care Professionals: Pakistan Perspective. J Clin Res Bioeth 7:261. doi:10.4172/2155-9627.1000261
Copyright: © 2016, Badruddin S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Sad news is defined as a situation where there is feeling of no hope, a threat to person’s mental or physical wellbeing, or where a message is given which may result in fewer choices to individuals’ lives. This issue creates ethical controversies among health care professional that who should decide and to whom health personnel will disclose this sad news. The aim of this paper is to explain and analyze this concept in the light of ethical principles. The paper will discuss the role of health care professionals in the disclosure of sad news integrating an explicit ethical decision making process.


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