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Ethics & Decision Making Researchers Publish Article on How Religion is Discussed—or Not—in ICUs

Wed, 09/02/2015

“Health Care Professionals’ Responses to Religious or Spiritual Statements by Surrogate Decision Makers During Goals-of-Care Discussions,” published on August 31 in JAMA Internal Medicine, was first-authored by Natalie Ernecoff, MPH, and lead-authored by Douglas White, MD, MAS, with Praewpannarai Buddadhumaruk, RN, MS a co-author. The article has since been picked up by several news outlets since its publication, including TIME Magazine and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"Physicians Avoid Conversations About Religion in the ICU" – TIME Magazine 

"God is touchy topic in ICU, Pitt study finds" – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Religion rarely part of ICU conversation" – Reuters 

"Doctors Rarely Discuss Religion with Critically Ill, Study Says" – HealthDay 

"Religion, physicians and surrogate decision-makers in the intensive care unit" – Medical Xpress

Natalie Ernecoff, MPH, is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From 2011 to July 2015, she was in the Program on Ethics and Decision Making, helping to create and analyze qualitative data sets, and managing a project aimed to support surrogates in the ICU.

Douglas White, MD, MAS, is Director of the Program on Ethics and Decision Making, CRISMA Center, and UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

Praewpannarai (Pearl) Buddadhumaruk, MS, RN is the biostatistician for all the projects in the Ethics and Decision Making program statistically analyzing the collected quantitative data.