Clinical Communication and Informed Consent

Barriers to Initiating Antiviral Therapy for Veterans with Hepatitis C
With funding from the Veterans’ Administration, Robert Arnold examined interpersonal barriers associated with being evaluated for and successfully completing hepatitis treatment.

Communication Skills for ICU Fellows
Under this pilot study of an evidence-based, ICU-specific training program in communication skills for critical care fellows, funded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Robert Arnold developed a skills course and portable curriculum.

Critical Care Communication (C3): Teaching Intensivists Palliative Care Communication Skills
The National Palliative Care Research Center supported Robert Arnold to train intensivists in communication skills for treating ICU patients.

Design for Better Health: User-Centred Design and Evaluation of Interactive Media for Health Education, Communication and Decision-Making 
Doug White is collaborating on this Canadian Institutes of Health Research project.

Developing and Testing a Decision Support Tool for Women Making Tubal Sterilization Decisions
Supported by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Sonya Borrero, in collaboration with Daniel Hall and other colleagues, is designing and testing a web-based decision support tool to optimize low-income women’s ability to make informed and value-concordant decisions about tubal sterilization.

Enhancing End-of-Life Communication Skills for Oncology Fellows and Patient-Oncologist Communication
Funded in part by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Arnold sought to enhance understanding of how oncologists and patients communicate about the transition to end-of-life care and to improve communication skills.

Expanding Critical Care Communications (C3)
Robert Arnold was principal investigator for this Arthur Vining Davis Foundation funded project to develop a communication program for pediatric intensivists focusing on giving bad news, negotiating goals of treatment, and talking about death and dying.

Immune Competence, Clinical Phenotypes, and Outcomes of Chronic Critical Illness (CCI)
Doug White is the Pittsburgh site PI for this National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute-funded study of prediction models to inform discussions of outcome and treatment goals between clinicians and surrogate decision-makers early in the course of CCI.

Improving Surgical Informed Consent to Better Meet Patient Preference
With a Career Development Award from the Veterans Administration, Daniel Hall studied ways to improve the informed consent process in surgery.

Talking to Patients about Other Health Care Workers’ Errors: Ethical, Legal and Practical Considerations
Robert Arnold was co-principal investigator for this Greenwall Foundation-funded research project to develop guidelines for health care providers about how to talk to patients about other health care professionals’ errors.