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Preparing for challenging communication in obstetric ultrasound scanning

Abstract:


Ultrasound scans are routinely offered to pregnant women. Results are instantly available and the sonographer may have to break bad news without time to prepare for the communication required. Findings may be unequivocally “bad news” such as fetal demise. Alternatively, findings may be of uncertain severity or meaning. Findings may also be interpreted as bad news by the mother when the sonographer had not anticipated that they would be (e.g. fetal gender). The mother may seek reassurance that the pregnancy is normal but this can not be guaranteed. Trainee sonographers need to be prepared to manage these situations; and not to rely solely on experiential learning.

Specific videos related to this subject are not currently available. We will invite 12 sonographers to form a focus group workshop at City University to highlight and rank particular challenges. Later, using actors, we will film a range of role plays demonstrating the situations suggested by the focus group. These videos will be utilised as teaching material using web CT, classroom teaching and live on-line discussions. Students can access them remotely from their clinical training sites or homes. Finally the whole process will be evaluated and disseminated to colleagues.


Rosie Simpson (City University) and Regina Fernando



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