Decisional conflict and regret: consequences of surrogate decision making for the chronically critically ill

Appl Nurs Res. 2012 Nov;25(4):271-5. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Jun 11.


Decisional conflict may predispose surrogate decision makers (SDMs) of the chronically critically ill (CCI) to making health care decisions that are not aligned with the patient's health care preferences and increase the SDM's likelihood of experiencing decision regret. This study establishes the relationship between decisional conflict and decision regret and offers insight on tailoring decision support interventions to the preferences of SDMs of CCI patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Critical Illness*
  • Decision Making*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male