Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science

No decisions in healthcare are as complex, and few are as important, as the end-of-life decisions made by patients, their family members, and their clinicians. The Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) Program was launched in 2012 by Dr. Scott Halpern with support from the Otto Haas Charitable Trust. The program is supported by both CHIBE and the PAIR (Palliative and Advance Illness Research) Center.

The FIELDS Program’s core goals are to understand and improve upon the ways in which end-of-life decisions are made.  We believe that end-of-life decisions often are influenced by the ways in which choices are presented and the environments in which decisions are made. Rather than passively accepting these influences on choice, we use approaches from psychology, economics, epidemiology, and sociology to design scalable interventions to increase the probabilities that end-of-life choices match the goals of patients, family members, providers, and society.