Nearly 20 years ago the EURONIC study reported that French neonatologists sometimes deemed it legitimate to terminate the lives of newborn infants when the prognosis appeared extremely poor. Parents were not always informed of these decisions. Major change has occurred since then and is described herein.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A survey was conducted in the Île-de-France region, from 1 January to 31 January 2016. Professionals from 15 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) were invited to complete a questionnaire.
RESULTS: A total of 702 questionnaires were collected and 670 responses were analyzed. Knowledge of the law differed according to professional status, with 71% of MDs (medical staff, MS), compared with 28% of nonmedical staff (NMS) declaring that they had good knowledge of the law. Most MDs and NMS believed that withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatments (WWLST) could be decided and implemented after a delay. Half of them thought that WWLST would always result in death. Although required by law, a consulting MD attended the collegial meeting required before deciding on WWLST in only half of the cases. Parents were almost always informed of the decision thereafter by the physician in charge of their infant. The most frequent disagreement with parents was observed when WWLST was the option selected. In this case, most professionals suggested postponing WWLST, continuing intensive care and dialogue with parents, aiming at a final shared decision. Major differences were observed between NICUs with regard to the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration. Finally, 14% of MDs declared that infant active terminations of life still occurred in their NICU. Major differences concern WWLST and active termination of life, whose meaning has been partly modified since 2001.
CONCLUSION: Several major changes were observed in this survey: (1) treatment withdrawal decisions are made today in agreement with the law; (2) parents' information and involvement in the decision process have profoundly changed; (3) active termination of life (euthanasia) very rarely occurs; only at the end of a process in accordance with ethical principles and within the law is this decision made.
Depuis l'Oregon Death with Dignity Act adopté en 1997, la dépénalisation de l'euthanasie aux Pays-Bas en 2001, puis en Belgique l'année suivante, de plus en plus de personnes demandent l'euthanasie ou en considèrent la possibilité.
BACKGROUND: Futile care in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) can create moral distress for clinicians who may differ in their interpretation of the value of such care. We sought to compare the perception of provision of futile care in the NSICU among physicians, advanced practice providers, and intensive care unit registered nurses (ICURNs).
METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of 77 patients. A standardized questionnaire was used to ask clinicians whether care being provided to NSICU patients admitted for more than 48 hours was futile and whether they would want that treatment for their loved one. Demographics, diagnosis, and reason for treatment futility were collected. Futility was analyzed independently and in an aggregate manner (yes/probable combined and no/probable combined).
RESULTS: The sample median age was 61 (SD, 17.179) years, men comprised 53% of the sample, and 68% were white. Collectively, there were 77 futile responses (33%), 136 nonfutile (59%), and 18 probable futile (8%). Physicians and nurse practitioners deemed futility in 36% of patients; ICURNs, in 27% (P < .05). Age, race, or diagnosis did not impact futility perception. The treatment was acceptable for a loved one in 53% of cases for physicians, 43% for advanced practice providers, and 48% for ICURNs (P < .05). Interobserver agreement for futility was 0.469 (CK), and pairwise agreement was 71%. Interobserver agreement for treatment acceptable for a loved one was 0.568 (CK), and pairwise agreement was 78%.
CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians consider NSICU care futile in one-third of patients, but correlation among them is moderate; no specific variable is associated with such perception.
Background: Research has indicated that clinical staff in long-term care often lack self-confidence in palliative care delivery, particularly at the end of life.
Goals: (a) To examine the contribution of age, palliative care education, palliative care work-related experience and psychological empowerment to palliative care delivery confidence and (b) to explore the social reality shaping those factors for long-term care staff.
Design: Explanatory sequential design.
Setting: Twenty long-term care facilities in two district health boards in New Zealand.
Participants: Phase 1:139 clinical staff. Phase 2:46 clinical staff who provided care in the last month of a residents' life.
Methods: Phase 1: Cross-sectional survey. Phase 2: Individual semi-structured interviews.
Results: Phase 1: Previous experience (ß = .319) and psychological empowerment (ß = .311) contribute most to predicting an increase in palliative care delivery confidence. Phase 2: Four factors underlay palliative care delivery confidence, (a) mentorship by hospice nurses or colleagues (b) contextual factors (organisational culture, resources and experience), (c) maturity and (d) formal education.
Conclusion: Organisational leadership should use multiple strategies (e.g. power-sharing, increased opportunities for mentorship) to improve staff palliative care delivery confidence.
Implications for Practice: This study adds to the literature in understanding the predictors of palliative care delivery confidence specific to long-term care staff. The results indicate that educational interventions must be contextually appropriate to achieve sustainable improvements in palliative care confidence and ultimately in resident care at the end of life.
Objective: The aim of this study was to identify the challenges anticipated by clinical staff in two Melbourne health services in relation to the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, Australia.
Methods: A qualitative approach was used to investigate perceived challenges for clinicians. Data were collected after the law had passed but before the start date for voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. This work is part of a larger mixed-methods anonymous online survey about Victorian clinicians' views on voluntary assisted dying. Five open-ended questions were included in order to gather text data from a large number of clinicians in diverse roles. Participants included medical, nursing and allied health staff from two services, one a metropolitan tertiary referral health service (Service 1) and the other a major metropolitan health service (Service 2). The data were analysed thematically using qualitative description.
Results: In all, 1086 staff provided responses to one or more qualitative questions: 774 from Service 1 and 312 from Service 2. Clinicians anticipated a range of challenges, which included burdens for staff, such as emotional toll, workload and increased conflict with colleagues, patients and families. Challenges regarding organisational culture, the logistics of delivering voluntary assisted dying under the specific Victorian law and how voluntary assisted dying would fit within the hospital's overall work were also raised.
Conclusions: The legalisation of voluntary assisted dying is anticipated to create a range of challenges for all types of clinicians in the hospital setting. Clinicians identified challenges both at the individual and system levels.What is known about the topic? Voluntary assisted dying became legal in Victoria on 19 June 2019 under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. However there has been little Victorian data to inform implementation.What does this paper add? Victorian hospital clinicians anticipate challenges at the individual and system levels, and across all clinical disciplines. These challenges include increased conflict, emotional burden and workload. Clinicians report concerns about organisational culture, the logistics of delivering voluntary assisted dying under the specific Victorian law and effects on hospitals' overall work. What are the implications for practitioners? Careful attention to the breadth of staff affected, alongside appropriate resourcing, will be needed to support clinicians in the context of this legislative change.
Issue: Medical assistance in dying (MAID) became legal in Quebec on December 10, 2015, and in the rest of Canada on June 17, 2016. This enabled 6,749 deaths through physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia between December 10, 2015 and October 31, 2018. While the death of a patient is a common experience for medical trainees, those that occur through MAID have unique features related to the methods, the timeline, the intended role of the physician in causing the death, and the request of the patient that initiates the process. These aspects necessitate a distinct approach to MAID medical education.
Evidence: Despite the legalization of MAID in a growing number of jurisdictions, there is virtually no literature to guide MAID education in clinical practice. The cumulative evidence regarding the impact of patient death on medical students, residents, and attending physicians suggests a need for supported discussion and debriefing to process and reflect on the emotional experiences that follow patient death. This is especially important with MAID, in which there are unique ethical and psychological issues related to the physician's direct role in causing the death of a patient. There is little published research on the impact such deaths have on physicians who provide MAID, or on others who are indirectly involved. However, there is evidence that learners desire MAID-specific education tailored to their unique needs. Didactic education about the medical and legal domains of MAID alone is insufficient to support learners' needs. Experiential case-based learning with supervisory support has the potential to enhance training in end-of-life care in general, and specifically in MAID. The authors' first clinical experience with a patient requesting MAID on an internal medicine clinical teaching unit (CTU) highlighted gaps in their preparedness to meet the associated professional and personal demands. Reflecting on these perceived gaps, and on the needs of learners identified in the literature on patient death and MAID education, the authors created a framework to guide learning at the point of care of a patient requesting MAID. Represented in a MAID Education Cogwheel and discussion guide, this framework specifies learning objectives and methods in six domains: medical, legal, moral, ethical, cultural, and psychosocial. Implications: Following a MAID request, attending physicians can use the framework to guide learners in ongoing conversations addressing these domains. Inter-professional participation can include such disciplines as psychiatry, palliative care, bioethics, pharmacy, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and spiritual care. Further research is necessary to test this framework to determine its' feasibility, efficacy, and generalizability.
The studies on terminally ill patients' dignity as perceived by health care providers (HCPs) in palliative care are growing. The comparison of different HCPs' perspectives in particular is necessary to explore how HCPs perceive patients' dignity in order to promote reflection on this core issue. This study aimed to investigate the perspectives on end-of-life patients' sense of dignity among four different categories of professionals: nurse assistants, nurses, psychologists, and physicians. A sample of 306 HCPs completed the Patient Dignity Inventory-Italian Version (PDI-IT) adapted for them and an ad hoc semi-structured written interview. Their responses were then analyzed using frequencies of the answers to the PDI-IT, a multivariate analysis of variance, Pearson's correlation index, t tests, and content analysis. All HCPs scored the relevance to the dignity-related physical aspects highly, followed by the psychological distress. Nurse assistants and nurses provided higher scores on the psychological and existential and spiritual PDI subscales than the other HCP groups. The social sphere was evaluated as the least salient for the patients' sense of dignity. Physicians who attended a course on dignity considered the psychological and existential dignity dimensions more. Differences in role and expertise could lead to different HCPs' perspectives on dignity, while the multidisciplinary work could favor their aligning. Therefore, it is essential to encourage HCPs' communicative exchange and reflective awareness through training, i.e., courses, seminars, and focus groups. These developments could promote increasingly adequate patient-centered care.
Disparities in access to palliative care services for populations with social disparities have been reported in Western countries. Studies indicate that these populations tend to report higher symptom distress than other population groups. We need to further investigate how social disparities influence symptom burden to improve symptom relief in these populations.
PURPOSE: To examine the perspectives of specialist palliative care providers concerning the relationship between social disparities and symptom burden in populations with advanced cancer.
METHODS: Two sequential qualitative studies that followed a combination of interpretive and critical methodologies. The interpretive approach was outlined by van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenology while the critical component was informed by the works of Paulo Freire. Participants involved two specialist palliative care teams from a large acute care hospital and a large cancer center in Western Canada. Participants included 11 palliative care providers including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and pharmacists.
RESULTS: Participants perceived that social conditions that might aggravate symptom burden included low income, low education, lack of social support, language barriers, and rurality. The relationship between income and symptom burden reflected diverse views. Participants identified populations prone to complex symptom burden including homeless individuals, Indigenous people, people with a history of addictions, and people with mental health or psychosocial issues.
CONCLUSION: Participants perceived that social disparities may increase symptom complexity in populations with advanced cancer. Participants did not identify ethnicity and gender as influencing symptom burden. Further research is needed to examine the interactions of social disparities, patient individuality, and symptom burden.
CONTEXT: Providing nonbeneficial care at the end of life and delays in initiating comfort care have been associated with provider and nurse moral distress.
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate provider and nurse moral distress when using a comfort care order set and attitudes about timing of initiating comfort care for hospitalized patients.
METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) and nurses at 2 large academic hospitals in 2015. Providers and nurses were surveyed about their experiences providing comfort care in an inpatient setting.
RESULTS: Two hundred five nurse and 124 provider surveys were analyzed. A greater proportion of nurses compared to providers reported experiencing moral distress "some, most, or all of the time" when using the comfort care order set (40.5% and 19.4%, respectively, P = .002). Over 60% of nurses and providers reported comfort care was generally started too late in a patient's course, with physician trainees (81.4%), as well as providers (80.9%) and nurses (84.0%) < 5 years from graduating professional school most likely to report that comfort care is generally started too late.
CONCLUSIONS: The majority of providers and nurses reported that comfort care was started too late in a patient's course. Nurses experienced higher levels of moral distress than providers when caring for patients using a comfort care order set. Further research is needed to determine what is driving this moral distress in order to tailor interventions for nurses and providers.
BACKGROUND: A prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting disease raises complex ethical, emotional, and medical issues. Studies suggest that 40%-85% of parents decide to continue the pregnancy if given the option of Perinatal Palliative Care. However, structured Perinatal Palliative Care programs are missing in many European countries. In Germany, parents have the right to free psychosocial support from pregnancy counseling services after the prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting disease.
AIM: We aimed to investigate whether German professional pregnancy counselors perceive the need for structured Perinatal Palliative Care and if so, how it should be conceived.
DESIGN: This is a qualitative interview study with purposeful sampling. The interviews were analyzed with the coding method of Saldaña.
SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: A total of 10 professionals from three different pregnancy counseling services participated in the study.
RESULTS: The main topics raised by the professionals were as follows: (1) counseling and parental support during the decision-making process; (2) fragmented or missing support infrastructure for parents; and (3) challenges, hesitations, and barriers, particularly from the different stakeholders, regarding a Perinatal Palliative Care framework. They highlighted the importance of the integration of Perinatal Palliative Care in existing structures, a multi-professional approach, continuous coordination of care and education for all healthcare providers involved.
CONCLUSION: A structured Perinatal Palliative Care program is considered as necessary by the pregnancy counselors. Future research should focus on (1) needs reported by concerned parents; (2) attitude and role of all healthcare providers involved; (3) strategies to include stakeholders in the development of Perinatal Palliative Care networks; and (4) outcome parameters for evaluation of Perinatal Palliative Care frameworks.
Cinq arrêts du Conseil d'Etat sont présentés et analysés dans ce panorama : - Arrêt du 26 octobre 2017 n° 393456 (Le fait que le praticien hospitalier ne soit pas resté aux côtés de l'interne tout au long de l'accouchement n'est pas constitutif d'une faute) - Arrêt du 15 novembre 2017 n° 403317 (L'action en garantie de l'établissement hospitalier, à l'encontre du producteur d'un produit défectueux avec lequel il n'est pas lié par un contrat administratif, relève de la compétence du juge judiciaire) - Arrêt du 22 décembre 2017 n° 390709 (la circonstance qu'un patient détienne des connaissances médicales ne dispense pas le médecin de son obligation d'information) - Arrêt du 5 janvier 2018 n° 416689 (Si l'avis des parents revêt une importance particulière, il appartient néanmoins au médecin en charge du patient mineur de prendre la décision d'arrêter les traitements qui apparaissent inutiles, disproportionnés ou sans autre effet que le seul maintien artificiel de la vie) - Arrêt du 8 février 2018 n° 404190 (L'information du patient sur les soins prodigués doit porter sur leurs conséquences, y compris esthétiques).
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Introduction: The number of end-of-life situations encountered in cardiology is rising.
Objective: We investigated perceptions and attitudes of medical and paramedical staff regarding end-of-life situations in a qualitative study.
Methods: Single-centre, qualitative study using semi-directive interviews with physicians, nurses and nurses’ aides in a university hospital cardiology unit. Participants were invited to describe experiences and feelings about end-of-life situations. Verbatim was analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: 13 physicians, 16 nurses and 5 nurses’ aides were interviewed. Main themes were: frequency, type of death, value of patient's life, communication, advance directives (AD), consideration of patient's wishes. The majority felt that the end-of-life situations are increasingly frequent, but their management has improved. Cardiology was felt to be a discipline where death is generally rapid; otherwise, for patients with end-stage heart failure, the course of disease allows time to anticipate end of life. The perceived value of the patient's life plays a role in the level of therapeutic engagement. Communication was felt to be key to ensuring that patient, family and healthcare workers (HCW) are all in agreement regarding clinical status and likely outcome. Poor communication was felt to engender suffering both among HCW and families; lack of time was cited as a frequent cause. AD were not unanimously considered useful; some felt that discussing end-of-life may be more harmful than helpful. AD remain infrequent in our unit. The patient's wishes are taken into account if possible, but some believe the patient is not qualified to know what can be done, and in such cases, their wishes may be disregarded as inappropriate to the clinical situation.
Conclusions: Most felt that end-of-life is managed better in terms of pain relief and communication. Poor communication remains prevalent and can be a source of suffering. Improving these points should improve overall quality of care.
Background: Research using video recordings can advance understanding of healthcare communication and improve care, but making and using video recordings carries risks.
Aim: To explore views of hospice patients, carers and clinical staff about whether videoing patient–doctor consultations is acceptable for research and training purposes.
Design: We used semi-structured group and individual interviews to gather hospice patients, carers and clinical staff views. We used Braun and Clark’s thematic analysis.
Setting/participants: Interviews were conducted at one English hospice to inform the development of a larger video-based study.
We invited patients with capacity to consent and whom the care team judged were neither acutely unwell nor severely distressed (11), carers of current or past patients (5), palliative medicine doctors (7), senior nurses (4) and communication skills educators (5).
Results: Participants viewed video-based research on communication as valuable because of its potential to improve communication, care and staff training. Video-based research raised concerns including its potential to affect the nature and content of the consultation and threats to confidentiality; however, these were not seen as sufficient grounds for rejecting video-based research. Video-based research was seen as acceptable and useful providing that measures are taken to reduce possible risks across the recruitment, recording and dissemination phases of the research process.
Conclusion: Video-based research is an acceptable and worthwhile way of investigating communication in palliative medicine. Situated judgements should be made about when it is appropriate to involve individual patients and carers in video-based research on the basis of their level of vulnerability and ability to freely consent
BACKGROUND: Status epilepticus seizures are distressing events for hospice and palliative care patients. Currently, rectal diazepam is the only abortive therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for seizures occurring out of hospital. However, transmucosal (buccal and intranasal) midazolam hydrochloride is a less expensive, equally effective, and a more socially acceptable alternative.
OBJECTIVE: To explore the use of transmucosal midazolam in out-of-hospital hospice patients in the State of Alabama.
DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey was used explore hospice providers' knowledge and use of transmucosal midazolam in clinical practice within Alabama.
MEASUREMENTS: An electronic survey was used to elicit transmucosal midazolam use among hospice providers.
RESULTS: Transmucosal midazolam has been documented throughout the literature and reported by expert clinicians as an efficacious, safe, and appropriate pharmaceutical intervention for the abortive treatment of seizures in adult and pediatric out-of-hospital patients. However, barriers to the use of transmucosal midazolam with hospice patients included unfamiliarity with transmucosal route and lack of provider orders. None of the participants reported transmucosal midazolam use in out-of-hospital hospice settings.
CONCLUSION: Evidence in the literature supports the use of transmucosal midazolam; however, further research is necessary to understand and address barriers in a more diverse and generalizable population.
Les services de réanimation pédiatrique accueillent des enfants âgés de quelques jours jusqu'à l'adolescence, en détresse vitale. Les pathologies sont toujours complexes, qu'elles soient aiguës ou chroniques. La sophistication des savoirs médicaux, l'exigence intellectuelle requise lors des staffs, la haute précision des soins infirmiers et de la surveillance paramédicale sont des nécessités permanentes. À tout cela s'ajoutent la fréquence des décisions éthiques de limitation et arrêt de traitement (LAT) dans le cadre de la loi Leonetti, la mise en place de soins palliatifs et l'accompagnement de l'enfant et de sa famille lors de la fin de vie. Parce que les soignants (tous les professionnels du soin intervenant au lit de l'enfant) sont de plus en plus impliqués dans les décisions éthiques, parce qu'ils sont présents au quotidien auprès des parents, ils sont soumis à des mouvements émotionnels permanents. Comment nommer ces effets, mélange de stress, d'intense humanité, de protection personnelle, de responsabilité, d'empathie et de juste distance ? L'auteur propose le terme "fonction d'altérance" et donne des pistes de réflexion pour soutenir ces équipes de l'extrême. (R.A.).
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Introduction: Les travaux consacrés à l’évaluation et à la prise en charge de la douleur au cours du VIH sont inexistants au Bénin. Les objectifs de notre travail étaient d’évaluer les connaissances du personnel en charge des personnes vivant avec le VIH (PVVIH) sur la douleur et de déterminer les freins liés à l’analgésie.
Matériels et méthodes: Il s’agit d’une étude descriptive conduite en mars 2017 auprès du personnel des services de médecine interne et du centre de traitement ambulatoire (CTA) des PVVIH.
Résultats: Au total, 22 personnels de santé ont été enquêtés dont 15 médecins, 4 infirmiers et 3 étudiants en thèse de doctorat de médecine. Dans la pratique, ils n’évaluaient pas systématiquement la douleur chez tous les patients (36,4 %). Si évaluation, l’EN, l’EVA et l’EVS étaient les principales échelles utilisées. L’utilisation d’analgésie était freinée par l’accessibilité difficile de la morphine (59,1 %).
Conclusion: La douleur chez le PVVIH est sous-estimée et sa prise en charge reste à améliorer. Il est nécessaire de recycler le personnel de santé sur l’évaluation de la douleur et la prescription correcte d’antalgique.
Purpose: To investigate how a terminal illness may affect the health-care providers’ resuscitation preferences.
Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey in 9 health-care institutions located in 4 geographical regions in North and Central America, investigating attitudes toward end-of-life practices in health-care providers. Statistical analysis included descriptive statistics and 2 test for the presence of associations (P < 0.05 being significant) and Cramer V for the strength of the association. The main outcome measured the correlation between the respondents’ present code status and their preference for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in case of terminal illness.
Results: A total of 852 surveys were completed. Among the respondents, 21% (n = 180) were physicians, 36.9% (n = 317) were nurses, 10.5% (n = 90) were medical students, and 265 participants were other staff members of the institutions. Most respondents (58.3%; n = 500) desired “definitely full code” (physicians 73.2%; n = 131), only 13.8% of the respondents (physicians 8.33%; n = 15) desired “definitely no code” or “partial support,” and 20.9% of the respondents (n = 179; among physicians 18.4%; n = 33) had never considered their code status. There was an association between current code status and resuscitation preference in case of terminal illness (P < .001), but this association was overall quite weak (Cramer V = 0.180). Subgroup analysis revealed no association between current code status and terminal illness code preference among physicians (P = .290) and nurses (P = .316), whereupon other hospital workers were more consistent (P < .01, Cramer V = .291).
Conclusion: Doctors and nurses have different end-of-life preferences than other hospital workers. Their desire to undergo CPR may change when facing a terminal illness.
AIM: Medical providers may face unique emotional challenges when confronted with the suffering of chronically ill, dying, and bereaved children. This study assessed the preliminary outcomes of participation in a group-based multimodal mindfulness training pilot designed to reduce symptoms of burnout and mental health symptoms in providers who interact with children in the context of end-of-life care.
METHODS: A total of 13 medical providers who care for children facing life-threatening illness or bereaved children participated in a 9-session multimodal mindfulness session. Mental health symptoms and burnout were assessed prior to the program, at the program midpoint, and at the conclusion of the program.
RESULTS: Participation in the pilot was associated with significant reductions in depressive and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among providers ( P < .05).
CONCLUSION: Mindfulness-based programs may help providers recognize and address symptoms of depression and PTSD. Additional research is needed to enhance access and uptake of programming among larger groups of participants.
Currently, 1 out of 6 Americans lives within a jurisdiction in which physician-assisted dying is legally authorized. In most cases, patients ingest lethal physician-assisted dying medications at home without involvement of emergency medical services (EMS) or the emergency department (ED). However, occasionally the dying process is interrupted as a result of incomplete ingestion or vomiting of medications, confusion about timing of dying trajectory, familial emotional distress, and other variables. A case is presented here of a patient who arrived by ambulance to an urban ED after ingesting physician-assisted dying medication. Stepwise analysis of communication and actions between providers (paramedics, emergency physician, and admitting physician), risk management, and family are described chronologically. This case highlights the significant distress experienced by each party, as well as key challenges and learning points. Guidance is provided to emergency providers about expectations and communication. In states with limited physician-assisted dying experience, many EMS agencies, EDs, and hospitals require comprehensive protocols to handle the complex ethical and psychosocial issues surrounding physician-assisted dying in the ED.
We aimed to investigate burnout and posttraumatic stress symptoms in mortuary staff members who work for the Council of Forensic Medicine where more than 4500 autopsies are annually performed. The data were collected from 142 mortuary staff members from the Council of Forensic Medicine, Turkey. The participants were divided into the following 4 groups: forensic medicine specialists (n = 40, 28.2%), forensic medicine residents (n = 54, 38.0%), autopsy technicians (n = 24, 16.9%), and other staff members (n = 24, 16.9%). All of the participants completed a brief sociodemographic form and standardized questionnaires to assess health symptoms, such as the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Posttraumatic Symptom Screening Scale. Forensic medicine staff members are at risk for developing psychological health symptoms, such as burnout or posttraumatic stress, due to work-related stressors. We observed that autopsy technicians seemed to have more emotional exhaustion and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, whereas resident doctors had a lower sense of personal accomplishment.