50 of the 63 in the intervention arm answered that they did NOT expect the patient to survive.
Well, a 2007 analysis of actual ICU family meetings (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17205000) found that prognosis was NOT discussed 1/3 of the time. But, we didn’t know if those families WANTED prognostic information. In our study, the surrogate explicitly asked to know prognosis.
1) Not all doctors will answer your question about prognosis directly.
2) If it seems like different doctors are telling you different things, that doesn’t necessarily mean they disagree with each other.
They may just communicate very differently.