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Conveying the diagnosis 

Conveying the diagnosis
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Conveying the diagnosis
Author(s):

John Zajicek

, Jennifer Freeman

, and Bernadette Porter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198569831.003.0014
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date: 22 October 2019

Breaking bad news 114

Providing support at the time of diagnosis 118

The diagnostic phase has been described as a time of anxious waiting and a crucial period for people with MS. The delay between presenting symptoms, diagnostic tests, and receipt of results has been reported as a main area of complaint by people with MS. The lack of sensitivity in communicating the diagnosis has also been identified as an area of concern. The setting and circumstances of the disclosure of the diagnosis may have a direct effect on how a person reacts to the diagnosis....

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