Breaking Bad News

1 module


Course Length
40 mins

RCP London E-learning

£0 - 15


The aim of this course is to equip the user with a model of breaking bad news, to both patients and next of kin alike, and provide an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and key skills required in these difficult conversations. This is not meant to demonstrate best practice or represent a guideline, but to highlight real frontline experiences as general physicians, and continue the discussion around ‘talking about dying’, which was a publication released by the RCP Our Future Health team recently.


Please note: If you are an RCP member or fellow this course is free. To get access please email Non-member can purchase this course for £15.


  • Recall one communication model that can be used in the delivery of breaking bad news to patients and relatives.
  • Reflect on the common challenges faced as general physicians in breaking bad news, and ways to overcome them.
  • Identify the key skills required in communicating sensitive information


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate BBN certificate

Breaking Bad News
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Added about 18 hours ago, by Rashmi
The course conveyed a handling a difficult scenario well. The root cause for the difference in understanding is due to the relationship among the children and their dad. If it was a close knit family, the children might have been primed to this conversation and may not have taken it so badly. There are several instances where the relatives may even turn violent and manhandle the doctor, no matter how sensitively it was conveyed!
Added 1 day ago, by Amanda
Added 4 days ago, by JAne
very useful and thought provoking
Added 6 days ago, by Anonymous
Very good and realistic demonstration
Added 9 days ago, by Ioannis
Added 9 days ago, by Nang Khaing Zar
This is very efficiently presented in limited time frame.
Added 12 days ago, by Gurvinder
The video raises important points. As an experienced clinician it was easy to know of the key points that needed to be covered. Would actors have helped with an actual and then model scenario?
Added 14 days ago, by Elizabeth
very good for training doctors in difficult conversations. all trainees should watch this
Added 15 days ago, by Adnan
Added 19 days ago, by Anonymous

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