For decades, hospital intensive-care units focused on facilitating the care provided by doctors and nurses to the gravely ill, while access was limited for patients’ families, partly so they wouldn’t get in the way. That’s beginning to change under a new approach known in medical circles as “family-centered care” that’s gaining traction in ICUs as hospitals look for ways to improve care and cut costs. With comments from our Renee Boss

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Cynthia Dwyer, a coordinator and a collaborator of ours in the Johns Hopkins’ Project Emerge, which is redesigning the ICU workflow, culture and technology, and Dr. Sean Berenholtz, a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Hopkins, were interviewed for this radio show

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As research moves healthcare into the modern era, what of our evolving understanding of the interpersonal elements of medical care and the difference they can make to patient outcomes?

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Hopkins and three other hospitals are part of an ambitious experiment, in collaboration with the Berman Institute, to retool the ICU not only to make it safer but also to make it more humane

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“We are broadening the definition of harm to include disrespectful care, which is every bit as important as an infection in the ICU,” says Peter Pronovost, a critical care physician and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Johns Hopkins researchers present groundbreaking work defining treatment with respect and dignity in the ICU

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A Q&A with our Cynda Hylton Rushton about new guidelines for ethically managing clinicians’ conscientious objections in critical care settings

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Deciding On a Parent’s Death

February 27, 2015

The phone call came when these types of calls tend to come — late on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a brutal Cleveland winter. I picked up the handset as I glanced outside my office windows at the accelerating snowfall, wondering whether I should leave work early

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