Imperial College London

ProfessorStephenBrett

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Critical Care
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 3313 4521stephen.brett Website

 
 
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Location

 

Hammersmith House 570Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Reader,
author = {Reader, T and Dayal, R and Brett, S},
journal = {Journal of the Intensive Care Society},
title = {At the end: a vignette-based investigation of strategies for managing end-of-life decisions in the Intensive Care Unit},
url = {http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82184},
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - JOUR
AB - Background. Decision-making on End-of-life (EOL) is an inevitable, yet highly complex, aspect of intensive care decision-making. EOL decisions can be challenging both in terms of clinical judgement and social interaction with families, and these two process often become intertwined. This is especially apparent at times when clinicians are required to seek the views of surrogate decision makers (i.e., family members) when considering palliative care. Methods. Using a vignette-based interview methodology, we explored how interactions with family members influence EOL decisions by ICU clinicians (n=24), and identified strategies for reaching consensus with families during this highly emotional phase of ICU care. Results. We found that the enactment of EOL decisions were reported as being affected by a form of loss aversion, whereby concerns over the consequences of not reaching a consensus with families weighed heavily in the minds of clinicians. Fear of conflict with families tended to arise from anticipated unrealistic family expectations of care, family normalization of patient incapacity, and belief systems that prohibit end-of-life decision-making. Conclusions. To support decision makers in reaching consensus, various strategies for effective, coherent, and targeted communication (e.g., patient deterioration and limits of clinical treatment) were suggested as ways to effectively consult with families on EOL decision-making.
AU - Reader,T
AU - Dayal,R
AU - Brett,S
SN - 1751-1437
TI - At the end: a vignette-based investigation of strategies for managing end-of-life decisions in the Intensive Care Unit
T2 - Journal of the Intensive Care Society
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82184
ER -