A communication strategy and brochure for relatives of patients dying in the ICU.

  title={A communication strategy and brochure for relatives of patients dying in the ICU.},
  author={Alexandre Lautrette and Michael Darmon and Bruno M{\'e}garbane and Luc Marie Joly and Sylvie Chevret and Christophe Adrie and Didier Barnoud and G{\'e}rard Bleichner and C{\'e}dric Bruel and G{\'e}rald Choukroun and Jeffrey R. Curtis and Fabienne Fieux and Richard Galliot and Ma{\"i}t{\'e} Garrouste-Orgeas and Hugues Georges and Dany Goldgran-Tol{\'e}dano and Merc{\'e} Jourdain and Georges Loubert and Jean Reignier and Fayçal Saidi and Bertrand Souweine and François Vincent and Nancy Kentish Barnes and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Pochard and Beno{\^i}t Schlemmer and Elie Azoulay},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={356 5},
BACKGROUND There is a need for close communication with relatives of patients dying in the intensive care unit (ICU). We evaluated a format that included a proactive end-of-life conference and a brochure to see whether it could lessen the effects of bereavement. METHODS Family members of 126 patients dying in 22 ICUs in France were randomly assigned to the intervention format or to the customary end-of-life conference. Participants were interviewed by telephone 90 days after the death with… CONTINUE READING
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