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Recommendations for How to Respond When the Family is Hoping for a Miracle

Version 1 : Received: 15 May 2019 / Approved: 16 May 2019 / Online: 16 May 2019 (12:38:38 CEST)

How to cite: Stonestreet, J. Recommendations for How to Respond When the Family is Hoping for a Miracle. Preprints 2019, 2019050213 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0213.v1). Stonestreet, J. Recommendations for How to Respond When the Family is Hoping for a Miracle. Preprints 2019, 2019050213 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0213.v1).

Abstract

Objective: To recommend how physicians can best respond to families whose hopes for a miracle via divine intervention influence their medical decisions, like, for example, making them not want to withdraw ventilatory support in cases of poor neurologic prognosis because they are still hoping for God to intervene. Methods: Auto-ethnographic analysis of chaplaincy experience in this clinical context yields a nuanced 90-second, point-of-care spiritual intervention physicians can use to address the religious aspect of families who base medical decisions on their hopes for a miracle via divine intervention. Explanation of how spiritual intervention dovetails with existing physician communication protocol for responding to families hoping for a miracle. Results: Spiritual intervention for religious aspect of miracle-hoping families is integrated into existing physician communication protocol for responding to families hoping for a miracle with recommendations for utilization of existing communication technology when necessary. Conclusion: Properly addressing the religious dimension of families hoping for a miracle may be helpful for physicians interested in decreasing their own stress levels, improving outcomes for this clinical context, and ensuring that unintentional discrimination does not perpetuate racial disparities in end-of-life care.

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http://www.EOLdisparties.com: Intuitive domain for article
http://www.PrayForTheirMiracle.com: Intuitive domain for article

Subject Areas

Keywords: Poor prognosis, medically non-beneficial care, futility, breaking bad news, withdrawal of care, miracle, hope, goals of care, communication, health disparities, racial discrimination, ethnocultural discrimination

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