Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Feb;78(2):141-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2009.06.008. Epub 2009 Jul 17.


Tsunami is a fictionalized, based on the true story of a mother and baby patients who attended my rural clinic for 12 months and disappeared. (All personal identifiers have been removed.) It is a story of a family physician trying to establish trust relationship with a young mother, that her past history and living conditions make it almost impossible for her to raise a baby. The narrative describes the struggle of the clinic staff to help the mother to keep a safe and healthy environment for her baby, and their failure to maintain open communication and support for the young mother, until the inevitable end.

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Postpartum Period*
  • Pregnancy
  • Trust