Impact of patient acuity on preference for information and autonomy in decision making.

@article{Davis1999ImpactOP,
  title={Impact of patient acuity on preference for information and autonomy in decision making.},
  author={Mark H. A. Davis and Jerome R. Hoffman and Jeff Hsu},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={6 8},
  pages={
          781-5
        }
}
OBJECTIVES To test the hypotheses that ED patients' desires for medical information and for autonomy in decision making are inversely related to increasing acuity of illness, increasing age, and lower level of formal education. METHODS The authors conducted a prospective study of ED patients who presented for care during seven nonconsecutive 24-hour periods. Of 804 patients approached, 665 completed a questionnaire that was administered by a trained research assistant. Patients rated their… CONTINUE READING

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