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Telemedicine family meetings in palliative care: etiquette
  1. Muhammad Hamza Habib1,
  2. Srigowri Kota2 and
  3. Mellar P Davis3
  1. 1Deparment of Medicine - Section of Hematology and Oncology - Palliative Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2Department of Nursing, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Department of Medicine - Hematology and Oncology - Palliative Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muhammad Hamza Habib, Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA; mhamzahabib{at}gmail.com

Abstract

The use of telemedicine in healthcare settings has continued to increase over the last few years. This has led to new communication-based concerns in palliative care settings. To date, there are no specific guidelines on telemedicine etiqettes relating to conducting online family meetings. This case report discusses some etiquette-failures in a telemedicine family meeting, and offers suggestions to improve communication etiqettes or 'webside manners' in these settings.

  • Communication
  • Heart failure
  • Ethics
  • Supportive care

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally to this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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