Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pediatric Advance Care Discussions Difficult for Nurses and Physicians

Yesterday, Larry Hand, of medscape.com, detailed a newly published study in this month's Pediatrics that surveyed physicians and nurses at intensive care units (ICUs) and oncology wards at Children's Hospital Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Massachusetts to identify barriers to advance care discussion and planning for children. The survey identified the top 3 barriers for ACD discussions regarding children: unrealistic parent expectations, differences between the way physicians and parents understand a prognosis, and lack of parent readiness to have the discussion.

Click here to read Mr. Hand's summary of the article.

Click here to read the study as it appears in Pediatrics.

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