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Prior Work

A Communication Tool to Assist Older Adults Facing Difficult Surgical Decisions

Exploring Conversations between Surgeons and Patients Prior to Major Operations

Prevention of Postoperative Conflict About Life Supporting Therapy by Improving Preoperative Communication With Older Patients

  • Funding Agency: University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Principal Investigator: Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP
  • Project Summary: This mentored career development award supports Dr. Schwarze’s transition to an independent investigator focused on optimizing decision making for older adults who consider and receive high risk surgical interventions. The goal of the proposed research is to reduce postoperative conflict in the event of a devastating operative complication by optimizing communication between patients and surgeons to ensure alignment of patients’ preferences with treatment decisions.

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