Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Improving Goals of Care Conversations in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Most parents with children with complex medical conditions want to work closely with their children’s doctors in making medical decisions. The large teams caring for these patients do not always communicate optimally with each other about care plans making parents frustrated and confused in their decision-making. This project will develop a Communication Skills Training program for inter-professional teams based on VitalTalk and adapted to the pediatric CICU. It will test the impact of the program on communication and team function in simulated family meetings and test the impact of the program on skills and team function in actual family meetings.