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Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs
Date:3/7/2012

"Our research indicates that in the ICU setting, family members want to see the glass as half full, even if it's really nearly empty," White said. "They accurately interpreted statements conveying good prognoses, which means it's not a simple misunderstanding of numbers that explains their misperceptions. Instead, they appear to be biased to optimism as a coping strategy to deal with the highly stressful situation of having a loved one near death."

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine has more about making decisions for ICU patients.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, news release, March 5, 2012


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