Health publications from the last ten years demonstrate overwhelmingly that patients and their families do better when they are involved, informed, and engaged in the health care process. Improved communication also results in a more effective, efficient provision of health care.

 

Preferences of Current and Potential Patients and Family Members Regarding Implementation of Electronic Communication Portals in Intensive Care Units

Read Annals Of The American Thoracic Society

 

Development and Usability Testing of a Web-Based Decision Aid for Families of Patients Receiving Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

Read Heart & Lung

 

A Universal Decision Support System Addressing the Decision-Making Needs of Patients, Families, and Clinicians in the Setting of Critical Illness

Read Respiratory And Critical Care Medicine

 

The I.C.U. Is Not A Pause Button

Read The New York Times

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End of Life Discussions

Read NPR

 

Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis

Read Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care

 

Involvement of ICU families in decisions: fine-tuning the partnership

Read Annals of Intensive Care

 

An overview of end–of–life issues in the intensive care unit

Read International Journal of Critical Illness & Injury Science

 

Key stakeholders' perceptions of the acceptability and usefulness of a tablet-based tool to improve communication and shared decision making in ICUs

Read Journal of Critical Care