In summary

In summary

It's more likely that you’ll have a positive impact on the family’s grief if you take the time to build a relationship and work collaboratively with them. Recognize these decisions are difficult.

Decisions about assessment and diagnostic tools need to be carefully considered to reduce unnecessary or invasive procedures that may negatively impact quality of life.

Take time to explain that you are making recommendations based on what, in your professional opinion, is best for the patient. Recognize that these decisions are usually difficult for families.  Explain that you both (or all) want what’s best for the patient, so you’re going to work together to make that happen.