In this prospective cohort of surrogate decision makers of incapacitated, intubated, critically ill adults, 93% felt that withholding prognostic information to maintain hope was not appropriate (abstract), 3% felt that withholding information was appropriate, and 4% were ambivalent. As many doctors feel it is their responsibility to be transparent about prognosis, this study also suggests that surrogates overwhelming invite this disclosure.
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.