CPR: Your Chances of Survival Are Better on TV

Earlier this year, my team at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology conducted a study of two leading medical dramas airing between 2010 and 2011, Grey’s Anatomy and House. Patient characteristics, CPR survival rates, and goals of care discussions were recorded. The findings in the study clearly highlight the need for widespread public […]


Decision aids about life-sustaining treatment now available in Vietnamese

CCCC’s popular decision guides are now available in Vietnamese thanks to a generous donation from 24/7 Care At Home. Topics include artificial hydration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mechanical ventilation, and tube feeding. The Guides are also available in English, Chinese and Spanish. View all Decision Guides for Life-Sustaining Treatment. For healthcare professionals, having a conversation about […]


A right to be shocked? Crowdsourcing resurrection (Part 2)

By David J Casarett, MD Author of “Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.” Part 2 in a two-part blog series from David Casarett, MD. Read Part 1 here. Welcome to the strange new revolution in crowdsourcing resurrection. This revolution has been a long time coming. Way back in the 18th century, concerned citizens […]


Educational guides help patients make decisions about life-sustaining treatments

Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatment For healthcare professionals, having a conversation about goals of care and life-sustaining treatments with seriously-ill patients and their loved ones can be difficult. Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatments is an educational series designed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) that explains complex topics associated with these difficult conversations using […]