Wish Statements Help Doctors Deliver Painful News to Patients : Internal Medicine News
Tim Quill, an old buddy of mine from my Rochester training days, is a wonderful and truly compassionate physician. His writing on this topic is insightful and extremely practical and helpful. See especially:
Quill, T. E., Arnold, R. M., & Platt, F. (2001). "I wish things were different": expressing wishes in response to loss, futility, and unrealistic hopes. Ann Intern Med, 135(7), 551-555.