Decision making

  • Caregiver preferences:  What kind of care do caregivers say they want for themselves when facing serious illness?
  • Changing course:  When does it make sense to stop trying to do “everything possible” to extend life?
  • Denial:  How does denial sometimes prevent us from making the best decisions about our care?
  • Family roles:  What roles can family members of seriously ill patients play in medical decision making?
  • Symptom management:  How can family members help ensure their loved ones are made as comfortable as possible?
  • Family conflict:  How can family conflicts be managed to best serve the patient’s interests?


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