When chatting about therapy options with people in the unexpected emergency section, as physicians we lay out our worries, the pros and downsides of distinctive possibilities, and why we advocate just one about the other for the certain affected person. We do not request people which antibiotic mix they would favor.
Why is it distinctive when we talk about resuscitation or conclusion-of-life needs? Why do we suddenly request people “what they want” with no context or advice? We seem like waiters: “Do you want shocks with that CPR?” “What about intubation or pressors?”
Discussing conclusion-of-life possibilities is a skill,