Focus Topics

topic 3 | Activity 6: Emily’s review

For Emily to be assessed by the general practitioner, she and her mother need to travel approximately 60 km over dirt and bitumen roads. Emily finds this tiring and that it increases the pain and breathlessness that she experiences.

Margaret is a general practitioner who has been caring for Emily since her birth 10 years ago. As with many rural communities, she is acquainted with Emily’s family.

  1. Describe how Emily’s age and life experience has influenced her understanding of death.
  2. List the specific communication strategies Margaret used to introduce the concept of palliative care.
  3. Describe additional communication strategies Margaret could use to improve this interaction.