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Lieff, J. (1982). Eight reasons why doctors fear the elderly, chronicillness, and death. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology,14(1), 47-60.

Summary

Lieff (1982) describes a research finding that designates prevalentand well-documented preconception against the aging and incurably illpatients, and which suggest partiality and anticipation performancesthat medical schools nurture. The article also documents benefits ofpsychosomatic backing for failing patients and then recognizes anddiscourses the eight reasons that elucidate fear thought to play apredominant role in doctors’ behaviors. Much of the explanationsreflect spiritually connected challenges that Lieff (1982) believesgenerate the fears of doctors. In addition, to the applicability ofpsychic needs of the failing patients and the elderly, Lieff (1982)concludes by postulating the necessity for an augmented professionalimportance on the emotional and psychic deliberations.

Critical reflections

An observational study with few references and research, but doctors’experiences and attitudes, Lieff (1982) persuades the reader thatmost Western doctors are not equipped to support the psychic andpsychological needs of dying patients, and additional, that medicalschools and hospitals should embrace spiritual teaching as aconstituent of medical training. The variables in the researchindicate spiritual or psychological needs deliberation of othercausative factors strikingly lacking. Many of the accounts ofdoctors’ practices and attitudes contained in the research includeneither the acknowledgement nor the study references that the studyis grounded on his opinions. In this regards, the lack of personalreasoning or conclusions (just observations), Lieff upsurges readers’confrontation to the provided arguments. However, Lieff supportsKastenbum’s commendations for the provision of patient-orientedvalues (Davison, Pennebaker &amp Dickerson, 2000). On the otherhand, Lieff provides in his recommendations that schools need toprovide models for end-of-life experiences, which as Von Guten &ampFerris (2002) suggest that Medicare pay for hospice care. Inaddition, several researchers support Lieff recommendations andobservations on the attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of doctorsin providing support for the elderly and dying patients.

References

Davison, K. P., Pennebaker, J. W., &amp Dickerson, S. S. (2000). Whotalks? The social psychology of illness support groups. AmericanPsychologist, 55(2), 205.

Lieff, J. (1982). Eight reasons why doctors fear the elderly, chronicillness, and death. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology,14(1), 47-60.

Von Guten, C. F., &amp Ferris, F. D. (2002). CAPC manual: everythingyou wanted to know about establishing a palliative care program butwere afraid to ask. Santa Clara University