Aligning critical care interventions with patient goals: A modified Delphi study

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Abstract

Objective

To develop a list of non-emergent, potentially harmful interventions commonly performed in ICUs that require a clear understanding of patients' treatment goals.

Background

A 2016 policy statement from the American Thoracic Society and American College of Critical Care Medicine calls on intensivists to engage in shared decision-making when “making major treatment decisions that may be affected by personal values, goals, and preferences.”

Methods

A three-round modified Delphi consensus process was conducted via a panel of 6 critical care physicians, 6 ICU nurses, 6 former ICU patients, and 6 family members from 6 academic and community-based medical institutions in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region.

Results

Recommendations about 8 interventions achieved consensus among respondents.

Conclusions

Clinical and patient/family participants in a modified Delphi consensus process were able to identify preference-sensitive decisions that should trigger clinicians to clarify patient goals and consider initiating shared decision-making.

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