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.
Contact us: 301-594-9767
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This page last updated on 06/26/2017