A Communication Intervention in the Intensive Care Unit

Lori Olson and Christian T. Sinclair

in 50 Studies Every Palliative Care Doctor Should Know

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Published in print April 2018 | ISBN: 9780190658618
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190658649 | DOI:

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

A Communication Intervention in the Intensive Care Unit

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Caregiver outcomes of anxiety, depression, and posttaumatic stress disorder are modifiable based on care received while a patient is in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. When compared to usual ICU care (which did include family meetings), the intervention added a structured end-of-life conference according to VALUE-based guidelines and a 15-page bereavement informational booklet. Patients in the intervention arm also had longer conferences, more time with family speaking, and more life-sustaining treatments withdrawn. The chapter describes the basics of the study, briefly reviews other relevant studies and information, gives a summary and discusses implications, and concludes with a relevant clinical case.

Chapter.  1478 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Primary Care

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