more than “just what the doctor says” …

January 20, 2011

in Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Journal Club

… factors that influence family member’s perception of their loved ones prognosis … an experiential study in a recent Critical Care Medicine.

Among major influences on family member’s understanding of prognosis …
– patient’s intrinsic qualities and will to live
– patient’s physical appearance or status
– patient’s prior history of illness/survival
– power of bedside presence
– optimism, intuition & faith

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“Understanding the diverse sources of knowledge on which surrogates draw may help physicians better understand and address conflicts that may emerge over patients’ prognosis.”


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