Katie Saunders is a PhD student focused on patient communication and shared decision making. Her dissertation research concerns care and communication when someone is seriously ill and facing choices about life-sustaining treatments. Life-sustaining treatments are interventions that keep a person alive when he or she would otherwise die, like cardiopulmonary resuscitation or mechanical ventilation. She is working to understand how communication interventions like patient decision aids affect these complex, emotion-laden decisions, particularly given patients' vulnerability near death. And how these interventions become integrated and sustained in routine hospital care. She is also developing a measure of serious illness experience and a conversation guide to help seriously ill people and their clinicians work together to decide what is important to discuss. Saunders received her AB from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where she studied sociology. She received her MPH from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy & Clinical Practice.
Saunders CH, Elwyn G, Kirkland K, Durand MA