Overcoming Adversity: Dealing With the Death of a Patient

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
John Parsons PhD, AT and Elizabeth M. Swank MS, ATC 1
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Elizabeth Swank is a certified athletic trainer for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, where she provides athletic training services for a community college in Maryland as the Head Athletic Trainer.


Editor note: In the interest of full disclosure, my former student, Liz Swank, writes the following article. I invited Liz to share her story after spending several hours in conversation with her in the early summer of 2011, where she recounted the details of the experience that she shares with you below. I felt her story was important to share with the athletic therapy and training community because the emotional aftermath of the loss of a patient, something that has happened to many athletic healthcare clinicians, is not often talked about in personal terms. This article is Liz's first public disclosure of her experience in the wake of a tragic event, and I thank her for sharing.

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