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Funding Agency:

UW Department of Surgery

Principal Investigator:

Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP


The Patient Preferences Project: Better Communication for Surgical Decision Making


Vascular Surgery

Project Summary:

The primary aim of this project is to characterize surgeons’ perspectives on providing non-beneficial surgery for seriously ill, older patients with acute surgical conditions. Despite potential harms of invasive treatments, many patients receive surgery and other burdensome treatments near the end of life. Surgeons play a critical role in this decision-making process as they frequently care for patients like this in the hospital. This survey study is designed to characterize surgeon beliefs and practices regarding the care of older, seriously ill patients. .

Project Status: Currently recruiting by invitation Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System