Wayne A. Ury

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OBJECTIVE Little is known about the subjective experience of surrogates who authorize do not resuscitate (DNR) orders. This experience seems especially acute in settings such as New York State, where patients and surrogates generally give written consent for DNR orders. The goal of this study is to investigate the subjective and emotional experience of(More)
To ensure its success, a new curriculum has to meet the needs of learners, patients, and the institution. A review of the literature indicates that despite a tremendous need for palliative care services and a lack of appropriate knowledge and attitudes among physicians, few palliative care curricula for medical residents have been developed. Most are(More)
PURPOSE Although interns are responsible for caring for dying patients, little is known about end-of-life education and training, including communication skills, in U.S. medical schools. This study of three consecutive cohorts of new interns assessed their perceptions of the amount and types of classroom and clinical instructional strategies used during(More)
To ensure the success of a new curriculum at an institution, information about the educational needs of learners, available resources, and potential obstacles needs to be systematically collected and analyzed prior to the development and implementation of the actual curriculum. This process, known as needs assessment, is important in the development of(More)
The administration of artificial nutrition by means of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in older persons in the advanced stages of dementia is commonplace, yet the treatment is associated with significant treatment burdens and unclear benefits in this population. In addition, there is wide and unexplained geographic variability in the use of(More)
BACKGROUND: Some institutions require patients and families to give signed consent for Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, especially in New York State. As this may be a barrier to discussions about DNR orders, we changed a signed consent policy to a witnessed verbal consent policy, simplified and modified the DNR order forms, and educated the staff at 1(More)
PURPOSE Physicians are often reluctant to discuss "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) orders with patients. Although perceived self-efficacy (confidence) is a known prerequisite for behavioural change, little is understood about the confidence of physicians regarding DNR discussions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A survey of 217 internal medicine attendings and 132(More)