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Video Decision Support Tool for CPR Decision Making

Posted Dec 10 2012 7:06pm
In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers found that showing patients with advanced cancer a video of simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) improved their understanding of the intervention and caused more patients to opt against CPR.

The innovative Advance Care Planning Decisions video used in the study was created by a nonprofit foundation led by physicians who aim to empower terminally ill and elderly patients and their families to make informed choices about end-of-life care. These videos are created based on rigorous research and review from leading medical experts, and are in use at 35 health systems across the U.S. They improve decisions by overcoming the inability of patients to envision what CPR and subsequent care on a ventilator entails, as well as overcoming variability in the quality of physician counseling.
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