Communicating a Childs Diagnosis to the Parents

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A health professional has the obligation of communicating the findings of a diagnosis to a parent of a diagnosed child. The medical doctors or the patient’s consultant has often been charged with the task of breaking the news of a diagnosis (Miyaji, 1993). However, other health professionals are also required in order to provide the patient’s parents or care gives with the support required. For example, according to a research conducted by McCulloch in 2004, most of the patients singled out the clinical nurse specialist for their support and availability during the process of coming into terms with the diagnosis (McCulloch, 2004). The role of other professionals especially nurses in the provision of follow-up support cannot be overemphasized. It is paramount that when a health professional breaks the news of a diagnosis, they should go ahead to advise the caregiver or the parent of a child the treatment and support required by the patients (Corkin &amp. Chambers, 2007).
Despite the call for professionalism in communicating diagnosis, literature has indicated differences in the approach taken in communicating diagnosis. According to Contro et al (2004) and Bower (2009), some parents have been left in depression by the way the diagnosis news is communicated to them. King (2009) observes that health professionals have adopted personalized methods of communicating the diagnosis to parents without adhering to the professionally acceptable strategies. It is quite difficult for the parents to forget the communication relayed to them by the health professional. This causes the parent to carry the emotion for years without getting into terms&nbsp.with the truth. To make matters worse, some professionals go-ahead to use professional jargon to communicate the issues surrounding the diagnosis to the parent, this aspect results in a state of confusion where the parent is left with many questions and uncertainties.&nbsp.