Friday, April 21, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium-1st FL, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students
Category: Lectures & Meetings
The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities presents
Douglas B. White, MD, MAS
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Department of Critical Care Medicine
Vice Chair and Professor of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Endowed Chair for
Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness
Understanding the Causes of Misperceptions About Prognosis Among Surrogate Decision-Makers in ICUs
Surrogate decision-makers in ICUs often have inaccurate expectations about their
loved one’s prognosis. This is a problem because prognostic information influences treatment decisions near the end of life. Although the cause of the disconnect about prognosis is often attributed to misunderstandings by surrogates of physicians' prognostications, this assumption has not been empirically validated. This presentation will address empirical work on the causes and consequences of discordance about prognosis. It will also address the development of an intervention to improve surrogate decision-making in ICUs.
1. To explore the causes and consequences of misperceptions about prognosis among surrogate decision-makers in ICUs.
2. To describe the development of an intervention to improve surrogate decision-making in ICUs.