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2023 Jan 06

BMC Med Inform Decis Mak



Contribution of information about acute and geriatric characteristics to decisions about life-sustaining treatment for old patients in intensive care.


Beil M, van Heerden VP, de Lange DW, Szczeklik W, Leaver S, Guidet B, Flaatten H, Jung C, Sviri S, Joskowicz L
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2023 Jan 06; 23(1):1.
PMID: 36609257.


Life-sustaining treatment (LST) in the intensive care unit (ICU) is withheld or withdrawn when there is no reasonable expectation of beneficial outcome. This is especially relevant in old patients where further functional decline might be detrimental for the self-perceived quality of life. However, there still is substantial uncertainty involved in decisions about LST. We used the framework of information theory to assess that uncertainty by measuring information processed during decision-making.