Toby Campbell, MD, MSCI
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin
Best Case/Worst Case: A Communication Tool to Assist Older Adults Facing Difficult Surgical Decisions
This project aims to evaluate a preoperative communication tool’s ability to help surgeons and older patients considering high-risk operations to make choices about treatment that better reflect patients’ preferences, values, and goals. This project has three aims: 1) to demonstrate that surgeons can learn to use the “best case/worst case” communication tool to describe treatment choices to patients; 2) to assess acceptability of the “best case/worst case” tool for patients in a clinical setting; and 3) to develop recruitment, training, and data collection standard operating procedures for future studies.