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Translating and Implementing Evidence-Based Care in the ICU: It's Time to Value Family Communication

Richard A. Mularski, MD, MSHS, MCR, FCCP
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Correspondence to: Richard A. Mularski, MD, MSHS, MCR, FCCP, Clinical Investigator, The Center for Health Research, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 3800 N Interstate, WIN 1060, Portland, OR 97227; e-mail: Richard.A.Mularski@kpchr.org

Dr. Mularski is Clinical Investigator, The Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University.


The author has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(4):676-678. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1314
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One of the greatest challenges for modern medicine is translating the vast and ever-growing evidence base from efficacy studies into clinical practice. For complex clinical interventions, such as enhancing family communication or decision making, the journey from evidence to better care delivery is even more difficult. Guidelines and statements over the past few years from critical care professional societies15 have strongly emphasized communication with families, citing emerging data that improved family communication benefits care and family outcomes. However, provider-family communication has been shown to be deficient, as the authors of a concise clinical review in this issue of CHEST (see page 835)6 expertly summarize.710 Curtis and White6 further review the emerging evidence base for clinician-family communication in the ICU, and present novel strategies and tools to implement best practices.6

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