Anthony L. Back, MD; Robert M. Arnold, MD; James A. Tulsky, MD; Walter F. Baile, MD; Kelly A. Fryer-Edwards, PhD
Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge all of the fellows who have participated in Oncotalk retreats over the past 3 years, the amazing actors who have shown us the power of goodbyes, and Holly Prigerson, PhD, for helpful conversations about empirical studies examining grief.
Grant Support: By the National Cancer Institute (NCI R25 92055).
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Requests for Single Reprints: Anthony L. Back, MD, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Avenue East, Box 19023, Seattle WA 98109-1023; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Back: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Avenue East, Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023.
Dr. Arnold: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore Hospital, 200 Lothrop Street, W933, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582.
Dr. Tulsky: Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University, 508 Fulton Street, Durham, NC 27705.
Dr. Baile: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Unit 431, Box 301402, Houston, TX 77230-1402.
Ms. Fryer-Edwards: University of Washington, 1959 Pacific Avenue, Seattle, WA 98195.
Back AL, Arnold RM, Tulsky JA, Baile WF, Fryer-Edwards KA. On Saying Goodbye: Acknowledging the End of the Patient–Physician Relationship with Patients Who Are Near Death. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:682–685. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-8-200504190-00033
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(8):682-685.
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