Time Limited Trials

August 2020 – Time-limited trials of therapy are a powerful tool when the benefit/burden balance of treatment is uncertain.

This approach has many benefits.

– It names the elephant in the room: uncertainty.
– It helps patients/families and providers think about goals of care, acceptable trade-offs, and how to define success.
– It buys time to allow a case to develop AND sets a specific time to re-evaluate progress.

Time-limited trials can be applied to any difficult decisions, including dialysis, ventilation, artificial feeding, and inpatient rehabilitation.  We even have time-limited trials of hospice care!

For more information contact Dr. Leslie Estep or Dr. Anita Meyer at Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550, or lestep@hospicenw.org  or  ameyer@hospicenw.org

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