Primary Palliative Care in the ICU: Barriers, advances, and unmet needs

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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There are well documented problems with clinician-family communication and support in ICUs, which may contribute to poor outcomes for patients and families. One general strategy to improve care is to improve the skills of the inter-professional ICU team to deliver primary palliative care. This presentation will summarize several efforts to improve primary palliative care in the ICU setting, including a novel intervention recently tested in a large randomized clinical trial.