09/19/2011 - Associations between end-of-life discussions, patient mental health, medical care near death, and caregiver bereavement adjustment.

posted Oct 10, 2011, 1:37 PM by Chief Resident   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 1:37 PM by David de Gijsel ]
By now, you've probably all found yourself taking care of very sick patients with a poor prognosis. Especially early on in your careers, it can be very challenging to determine what the best course in these situations is. How do you balance your role as the primary provider, who wants to do everything necessary or possible for the patient, with your sense of futility, harm or hopelessness? And how do patients and their caregivers really feel in these situations?