We have investigated biases in physicians' decisions regarding the form of life support to withdraw from critically ill patients in whom the decision to withdraw has already been made.
Using a specially designed instrument that solicited both self-reported preferences and also responses to experimentally varied clinical vignettes, we surveyed 862 American internists, of whom 481 (56%) responded.
Physicians do have preferences about the form of life support withdrawn.
From most likely to least likely the order is: blood products, haemodialysis, intravenous vasopressors, total parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, mechanical ventilation, tube feedings, and intravenous fluids.
Four biases in decision making were also identified.
Mots-clés Pascal : Réanimation, Homme, Comportement, Médecin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Resuscitation, Human, Behavior, Physician
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