Module 3: Communicating with Families in Difficult Circumstances

Scenario 1 Learning Module Questions

The ANZICS Statement on Care and Decision-Making at the end-of-life for the Critically Ill (2014) articulates the following recommendations for engaging with families.

  • All ICU staff should gain expertise in communicating effectively with dying patients and their families, and with other health professionals who may also be involved in the care of those persons
  • Intensivists should take a leadership role in end-of-life discussions within the ICU
  • All discussions of end-of-life care should take place in a context of mutual respect for all participants and this context should be actively sought and supported

Read chapter 6 of ANZICS Statement on Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life for the Critically Ill.