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Helping Families with Patients' Hospitalization & Decision-Making


Helping Families with Patients' Hospitalization & Decision-Making

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Dana Merritt, MD
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
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This one hour video lecture with accompanying PowerPoint slides describes communication strategies with families and patients in defining goals of care and designating surrogate decision makers. The target audience is Interdisciplinary Health Care Professionals.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Identify communication considerations with families of hospitalized patients.
  2. List effective ways to communicate with family members of hospitalized patients
  3. List different displines and what types of information they may deliver to families during patient hospitilzation.
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Estimated time to complete: 
1 hour
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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Suggested Citation:
Dana Merritt. Helping Families with Patients' Hospitalization & Decision-Making. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: