Code status discussions at hospital admission are not associated with patient and surrogate satisfaction with hospital care: Results from the multicenter hospitalist study

Wendy G. Anderson, Steven Z. Pantilat, David Meltzer, Jeffrey Schnipper, Peter Kaboli, Tosha B. Wetterneck, David Gonzales, Vineet Arora, James Zhang, Andrew D. Auerbach

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Background: Physicians may avoid code status discussions for fear of decreasing patient or surrogate satisfaction. Methods: Charts of patients admitted to medical services at 6 university hospitals were reviewed for documentation of a code status discussion in the first 24 hours of admission. Satisfaction with care provided during the hospitalization was assessed by telephone 1 month after discharge. Results: Of the 11 717 patients with 1-month follow-up, 1090 (9.3%) had a code status discussion documented. Patient or surrogate satisfaction did not differ by whether a discussion was documented. The lack of association persisted after adjusting for patient's severity of illness and using propensity adjustment for likelihood of having a discussion. Conclusions: Discussing code status on admission to the inpatient setting did not affect patient or surrogate satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


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  • Medicine(all)

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