"It hurts to know... and it helps": exploring how surrogates in the ICU cope with prognostic information.

@article{Schenker2013ItHT,
  title={"It hurts to know... and it helps": exploring how surrogates in the ICU cope with prognostic information.},
  author={Yael Schenker and Douglas B. White and Megan Crowley-Matoka and Daniel Dohan and Greer A. Tiver and Robert M. Arnold},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 3},
  pages={243-9}
}
BACKGROUND Surrogates of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) want honest prognostic information, but they also want to hear good news. There has been little examination of how surrogates navigate these dual needs or how clinicians should respond. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was explore how surrogates in the ICU experience and cope with prognostic information and describe their recommendations for clinicians. METHODS We conducted a qualitative interview study with 30… CONTINUE READING
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