Marie Curie – Professional bereavement amongst GPs
Survey of GPs on their experience of bereavement

 

  • 92% of GPs agree it is important for them to spend time caring for terminally ill or dying patients, and another 87% say that caring for terminally ill or dying patients is a rewarding part of their job.
  • However, more than four in five (85%) GPs say that they do not have as much time as they would like to care for terminally ill or dying patients because of their workload.
  • Three in five (62%) disagree that there are enough community resources to give families and carers of terminally ill or dying patients the emotional support that they need.
  • Seven in ten (71%) GPs agree that there should be more resources available to help GPs and practice staff with the grief of losing patients
  • Only 2% saying their practice holds formal support sessions on dealing with grief and loss.
  • Three in five (59%) say that their practice does not organise ways for the staff to share stories or get support for dealing with grief and loss.
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Date Published
18/02/2019
Client
Marie Curie
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 1,005 GPs between 14th and 31st of January 2019. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GPs by former SHA region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by it’s rules.

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