Biases in how physicians choose to withdraw life support.
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Physicians do have preferences about the form of life support withdrawn.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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