CPN | A Framework for the Difficult Decisions

A Framework for the Difficult Decisions

A Framework for the Difficult Decisions

Adapted by Patricia O’Malley, MD from “The Serious Illness Conversation Guide” (the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs)

Over the course of your child’s illness progression, you will consider some very difficult questions regarding your goals of care for your child, especially if his/her condition worsens or medical crises occur.

Optimally, your child has a medical team who will engage you in an ongoing conversation and lead you through these questions over time.  Through this continuing conversation, you and your child’s team can identify what your hopes and plans are for your child’s care, which will help the team deliver the care experience you hope for your child. These may be helpful questions to consider with your child’s medical team, before you make any choices about medical interventions.