At the Intersection of Quantity and Quality

The P.E.R.S.O.N Checklist (for the care of people who are patients in the ICU)

  • June 22nd, 2014

In my June 19, 2014 article in the New York Times Well blog, I advocated for the use of patient-centered checklists for ICU patients with critical or life-limiting illnesses. Their use has given me confidence that I am considering the unique pieces of personal information that accompany each individual under my care. I believe that understanding my […]

Teaching ICU doctors Palliative Care really works!

  • May 13th, 2014

In a recent edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Howard Saft and colleagues studied potential causes of excessive use of ICU services at the end of life, often thought to be a proxy for a bad death. The results of this study suggested that hospitals which better trained their ICU fellows how to perform palliative care provided better […]