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For Loved Ones of Critically Ill Patients, Hope Often Trumps Understanding of a Physician’s Prognosis

May 19, 2016

(Los Angeles Times) – For a majority of people gathered at the bedside of a critically ill patient, new research finds that confusion and miscommunication rein, jostling for space alongside hope and fear. In more than half the cases plumbed by researchers at four major academic medical centers, the people responsible for directing the care of a critically ill patient neither agreed with nor fully understood the prognosis offered by the physician overseeing the patient’s care.

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