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Pain and Palliative Care

Caring for NIH Health Care Providers-Bereavement Debriefing Program

  • The Bereavement Debriefing Program is an interdisciplinary team whose members consist of social workers, palliative care team members, employee assistance program (EAP), psychiatry and spiritual care.

  • Caring for individuals with life-threatening illnesses can have a profound impact on health care professionals.

  • Grief, when not managed appropriately, can lead health care professionals to experience physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral or spiritual distress, which can have consequences on well- being and professional practice.

  • Events that can contribute to cumulative stress or complicated grief include:

    • Death or suffering of a patient or colleague
    • Multiple losses
    • Caring for a patient who reminds you of someone you know
    • Medical procedures that put you at risk
    • Difficult conversations, bad news, code status discussions
    • Ethical dilemmas
    • End-of-life care
  • Through individual or group sessions, we can provide an opportunity to talk about the anticipated or difficult loss of a patient or colleague in a safe and supportive environment

  • We address grief response to critical incidents

    • Provided by a clinical center interdisciplinary team
  • Provide emotional support, and offer information and resources based on individual/group need.

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This page last updated on 03/03/2021

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