Factors Considered by Clinicians when Prognosticating Intracerebral Hemorrhage Outcomes.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: The early subjective clinical judgment of clinicians outperforms formal prognostic scales for accurate determination of outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), with the judgment of physicians and nurses having equivalent accuracy. This study assessed specific decisional factors that physicians and nurses incorporate into early predictions of functional outcome. METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled 121 ICH patients at five US centers. Within 24 h of each patient's admission, one physician and one nurse on the clinical team were each surveyed to predict the patient's modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 3 months and to list up to 10 subjective factors used in prognostication. Factors were coded and compared between (1) physician and nurse and (2) accurate and inaccurate surveys, with accuracy defined as an exact prediction of mRS. RESULTS: Aside from factors that are components of the ICH or FUNC scores, surveys reported pre-existing comorbidities (40.0%), other clinical or radiographic factors not in clinical scales (43.0%), and non-clinical/radiographic factors (21.9%) as important. Compared to physicians, nurses more frequently listed neurologic examination components (Glasgow Coma Scale motor, 27.3 vs. 5.8%, p < 0.0001; GCS verbal, 12.4 vs. 0.0%, p < 0.0001) and non-clinical/radiographic factors (31.4 vs. 12.4%, p = 0.0005). Physicians more frequently listed neuroimaging factors (ICH location, 33.9 vs. 7.4%, p < 0.0001; intraventricular hemorrhage, 13.2 vs. 2.5%, p = 0.003). There was no difference in listed factors between accurate versus inaccurate surveys. CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians frequently utilize factors outside of the components of clinical scales for prognostication, with physician and nurses focusing on different factors despite having similar accuracy.

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Cited Authors

  • Hwang, DY; Chu, SY; Dell, CA; Sparks, MJ; Watson, TD; Langefeld, CD; Comeau, ME; Rosand, J; Battey, TWK; Koch, S; Perez, ML; James, ML; McFarlin, J; Osborne, JL; Woo, D; Kittner, SJ; Sheth, KN

Published Date

  • December 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 316 - 325

PubMed ID

  • 28744847

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-0961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12028-017-0430-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States