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Penn Roybal Center/NIA

Intuition and Deliberation in Decisions about Life-Sustaining Medical Interventions

Principal Investigator: Emily Rubin, MD, JD

There has been a strong movement in health care towards the development of decision aids that foster deliberation, but we know little about the use and relative merits of intuitive and deliberative thinking in decisions regarding life-sustaining medical interventions. This research project will determine whether there are systematic differences between the decisions patients make intuitively versus deliberatively about life-sustaining medical interventions and evaluate how decisions about life-sustaining treatments reached intuitively and those reached deliberatively map with the stated underlying values of the patient.