"ETHICS AND DECISION MAKING IN CRITICAL ILLNESS" PROGRAM
"There's a real hunger for this information even though it's emotionally
difficult to hear"
- Douglas B. White, Program Director.
Part of the aim of the program is to equip doctors with the correct training for dealing with patients and families in Intensive Care Units by communicating options in unpredictable situations.
The ultimate goal is to create a more comfortable situation for the patient.
The "Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness" Program is the first program in the United States dedicated to the study of ethical issues and decision making in critical illness.
The ethics of critical care medicine and ICU's bring together aspects of dying patients, expensive technological care, and resource scarcity.
The program focuses on both normative bioethical issues and also empirical questions, such as to what extent the ethical goals of surrogate decision making are achieved in practice.