3B: Ethical Considerations when Discussing Serious News

Amy Greminger, MD

We will discuss the topic of giving serious news, and ethical issues that may come up with this. We will outline the SPIKES method for discussing serious news. Though discussing serious news is often done at a provider level, this topic is relevant for nursing, and other hospice professionals.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss ethical issues that may arise with discussing serious news
  • Utilize the SPIKES method for having serious conversations