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Developing a Tablet based tool to enhance communication and shared decision making among clinicians and surrogate decision makers in ICUs

PI: Douglas White, MD

NIH/NIA R21AG050252 Project period: 7/1/15 to 2/28/17

Three decades of research in the United States indicates that Americans who are dying often spend their final days in pain and receiving treatments they would not choose. In this application, we seek to overcome the breakdowns in communication that contribute to these problems by developing and pilot testing a web and tablet-based tool to improve communication and shared decision making between clinicians and surrogates in ICUs; if successful, the intervention has the potential to substantially improve care for the roughly 600,000 older adults who die in ICUs annually.