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Table 2 Interview guide

From: Neurocritical care physicians’ doubt about whether to withdraw life-sustaining treatment the first days after devastating brain injury: an interview study

How to conduct the interviews, examples
 Opening question to set the stage, see text in method section
 Ask the physicians to talk in a manner understandable for an outsider
 Probing: Please elaborate. Please clarify
Items to be covered
 Strategies you use to deal with uncertainty and doubt:
 Crucial steps in the decision-making process
 Roles / collaboration within the teams
 To estimate and communicate prognosis
 Weight you give different considerations
 Patient’s values, wishes and will
 Impact of family input
 Timing issues; early vs late withdrawals
 Flipping roles: If you were the patient
 Concerns about current practice
 Additional comments: Please share