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Understanding Factors Contributing to Inappropriate Critical Care: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Medical Record Documentation

Thanh H. Neville

Researchers at UCLA continue to unpack their research on potentially inappropriate critical care.  In their latest piece in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, by analyzing clinical documentation, they identify factors contributing to inappropriate critical care. 


Most encouraging, the authors note that “many of these care processes are at least under partial control of the healthcare team and can be improved upon.”  For example, factors include “indecision, stalling, and delays” and “physician not guiding decision making.”

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