IN the wake of bad news, there is often the need for difficult decisions to be taken regarding the treatment of an animal. Following on from the recent article on breaking bad news (February 2004, pp 103-105), Cathy Jackson, a GP and lecturer in consultation skills, draws on her experience from the human field to give some pointers as to how vets can ease the decision-making process for their clients. In the box on page 224, Carol Gray, a veterinary surgeon and lecturer in communication skills, discusses how the principles of evidence-based medicine should be incorporated into decision-making in order to achieve the best, informed decision for clients and their animals.
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