Surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients often have overly optimistic expectations

When critically ill patients are unable to speak for themselves, a family member or close friend is often asked to serve as a surrogate decision maker. At times, these surrogates and physicians have different expectations about a patient’s prognosis. A new study examined how often this happens and why it happens.
When critically ill patients are unable to speak for themselves, a family member or close friend is often asked to serve as a surrogate decision maker. At times, these surrogates and physicians have different expectations about a patient’s prognosis. A new study examined how often this happens and why it happens.