How to make sense of it all: Prognosis and surrogate decision making in the ICU

Presenter: Douglas B. White, M.D., MAS Vice-Chair, Faculty Development, Department of Critical Care Medicine; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine; Director, Programs on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Recorded: April 10, 2018
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

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Physicians and surrogate decision makers in ICUs often have discordant expectations about prognosis, which may compromise the quality of treatment decisions near the end of life. This presentation will summarize empirical work on the causes and consequences of discordance about prognosis, and discuss strategies to improve communication about prognosis.