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Emergency department follow-up of bereaved relatives: an audit of one particular service
  1. R J Parris1,
  2. J Schlosenberg1,
  3. C Stanley2,
  4. S Maurice2,
  5. S F J Clarke3
  1. 1Emergency Department, Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton NHS Trust, Bolton, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, South Manchester University Hospital, Wythenshawe, UK
  3. 3Emergency Department, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Simon F J Clarke
 St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1, UK; sfjclarke{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Background: Although much has been written about the treatment of bereaved relatives in emergency departments, very little has been published about their follow-up after they have left the department.

Methods: One model of follow-up is described, in which relatives are invited to a meeting in the department 4–6 weeks after their loss. In this model, it is emphasised that the follow-up is not a counselling session but an opportunity to ask questions, and an audit of the service is presented.

Results and conclusion: It is suggested that the provision of information is theoretically beneficial to the bereavement process.

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  • Competing interests: None declared

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