"Why are we doing this?": clinician helplessness in the face of suffering.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of palliative medicine, Volume 18, Issue 1, p.26-30 (2015)


When the brutality of illness outstrips the powers of medical technology, part of the fallout lands squarely on front-line clinicians. In our experience, this kind of helplessness has cognitive, emotional, and somatic components.