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Year 2023
September 2023

[Journal article] Coda and Catharsis: Exploring the Emotional Challenges and Coping of Junior Palliative Physicians Through Cinematic Reflection

04 Sep 2023

Authors: Tessa Koh Li YenSek Hwee YungSiew Chin ChiaT-Yunn ChiaMervyn Koh Yong HwangPaul Victor PatinadanTeck Yee Wong

Published in: Omega, 302228231194215. Published online: 5 Aug 2023. DOI: 10.1177/00302228231194215

Summary points:

  1. The themes of the major challenges by junior doctors faced in palliative care are i) Lifting the veil of death – discomfort in talking about death; ii) Impeded call of action – feelings of helplessness; iii) Inner fatigue
  2. Coping mechanisms adopted include i) Social support – finding comraderie and support from their peers; ii) Stepping back as a self preservation – putting boundaries between own’s personal and work life; iii) Appreciating the palliative journey
  3. Many found that the movie in combination with the focus group discussion was helpful in talking about their challenges and that the movie had many parallels with their work life

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