Often healthcare professionals are fearful that if they are realistic in prognosis or bad news, patients and families will lose hope. When this occurs, patients and families are not provided with the information they need to make informed decisions. Palliative care providers have seen that this is not the case. A study was done to see if the concept of losing hope with bad news does exist.
See the full article,End of Life Planning Does Not Make Cancer Patients Hopeless or Anxious at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/837523?src=wnl_edit_tpal