Journal article

Decision making and satisfaction with care in the pediatric intensive care unit: findings from a controlled clinical trial.

Michelle M Mello, Jeffrey P Burns, Robert D Truog, David M Studdert, Ann Louise Puopolo, Troyen A Brennan

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To facilitate critical decision making and improve satisfaction with care among families of patients in a pediatric intensive care unit. DESIGN: Prospective observational study followed by a nonrandomized controlled trial of a clinical intervention to identify conflicts and facilitate communication between families and the clinical team. SETTING: The pediatric intensive care unit of a Boston teaching hospital. PATIENTS: A total of 127 patients receiving care in the pediatric intensive care unit in 1998-1999 and their families. INTERVENTIONS: Interviews were conducted with surrogates and decisionally capable older children concerning the adequacy of information provided, understand..

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