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Q Does an end-of-life family conference held according to specific guidelines reduce the burden of bereavement on relatives of patients dying in the intensive care unit (ICU)?
randomised controlled trial.
blinded (data collectors and data analysts).
Follow up period:
22 ICUs in France.
126 patients ⩾18 years of age (56% men) in the ICU who were expected to die within the next few days. Each patient had 1 family member (median age 54 y, 73% women) whom they had designated or who ranked highest in the hierarchy for surrogate decision making according to French law; these family members …
For correspondence: Dr E Azoulay, Service de Réanimation Médicale, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France.
Sources of funding: Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris and French Society for Critical Care Medicine.
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