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Critical Illness: Patients, Physicians, and Society
This seminar examines the impact of critical illness on patients and their family members, and the psychological and socioeconomic influences that affect the subsequent course of hospitalization. The weekly sessions and readings will challenge students' preconceived notions about the disease course of critically ill patients, and, it is hoped, reveal the difficulties involved in the decision-making process for both the health care professionals and the patients' families and loved ones as various medical challenges arise. Some of the topics we will cover are conventional views of death and dying; the epidemiology of critical illness; trends of inpatient care in the United States; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; health economics, such as the cost of an intensive care unit (ICU); grief and coping skills; euthanasia/withdrawal of care; palliative and hospice care; advanced directives and legal aspects of medical catastrophe; family meetings, including psychosocial dynamics; emotional ramifications of medical decisions; and rounds in the ICU.