Clinical Communication and Informed Consent

Expanding Critical Care Communications (C3)
Robert Arnold is principal investigator for this project funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to develop a communication program for pediatric intensivists focusing on giving bad news, negotiating goals of treatment, and talking about death and dying.

Improving Patient Communication and Quality Outcomes in the ICU
Mary Beth Happ is a co-principal investigator for this project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study patient communication and quality outcomes in the intensive care unit.

Talking to Patients about Other Health Care Workers’ Errors: Ethical, Legal and Practical Considerations
Robert Arnold is co-principal investigator for this Greenwall Foundation-funded research project, using both empirical analysis and ethical analysis, to develop guidelines for health care providers about how to talk to patients about other health care professionals’ errors.

Communication Skills for ICU Fellows
With funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Robert Arnold undertook to develop and pilot a comprehensive, evidence-based, ICU-specific training program in communication skills for critical care fellows, including a skills course and portable curriculum.

Critical Care Communication (C3): Teaching Intensivists Palliative Care Communication Skills
Robert Arnold received this award from the National Palliative Care Research Center to train intensivists in communication skills to employ when treating patients in the intensive care setting.

Improving Communication with Non-Speaking ICU Patients
Mary Beth Happ received funding from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study interventions to improve communication with non-speaking ICU patients.

Symptom Management, Patient-Caregiver Communication and Outcomes in the ICU
Mary Beth Happ is the principal investigator of this mid-career development award funded by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to mentor junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral students in patient-oriented clinical research.  The first study investigates the relationships between symptom assessment, management, nurse-patient communication performance and outcomes for nonspeaking ICU patients.  The second pilot study describes family-patient communication performance in the ICU when patients receive an augmentative and alternative communication intervention.

Teaching to Teach End-of-Life Communication Skills for Oncology Fellows
Robert Arnold is the co-principal investigator for this project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that involves teaching oncology fellows better end-of-life communication skills.

Enhancing Patient-Oncologist Communication
The overall goal of this project, of which Robert Arnold is the co-principal investigator, is to enhance understanding of how oncologists and patients communicate about the transition to end-of-life care. It involves identifying key communication skills that may assist patients through difficult transitions and creating an intervention that can be easily disseminated to help physicians implement these skills.

Barriers to Initiating Antiviral Therapy for Veterans with Hepatitis C
Robert Arnold is the co-principal investigator on this project funded by the Veterans’ Administration.  The aim of this project is to describe the interpersonal barriers associated with being evaluated for Hepatitis treatment and for successfully completing this treatment.