Christopher Ethan Cox, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Campus mail Dept Of Medicine, Division Of Pulmonary And Crit, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-7232
Email address christopher.cox@duke.edu

My work is conducted as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and administrator at Duke University.  Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Medicine, the director of Duke’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and the Director of the Duke Program to Support People and Enhance Recovery (ProSPER).  My clinical work is based in ICUs at Duke University, though I am also a board-certified palliative medicine specialist.

My research focuses on understanding and improving the experience of critical illness and quality of care for patients, their families and loved ones, clinicians, and society in general.  To do this, my work addresses topics and methodologies including health services research, behavioral and psychological concerns, communication improvement, technological development, and decision making support—all in the context of critical care and palliative medicine.  My extensive training in clinical and health services research methodology and healthcare information technology allows me to do this. 

Key interests:  Critical care, healthcare information technology, health administration and policy, decision making, health economics, mechanical ventilation, palliative care, chronic critical illness / prolonged mechanical ventilation, critical care echocardiography

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 2002 - 2005
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, New York University, 1997 - 2000
  • M.D., Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 1997

Publications

Khandelwal, N, Hough, CL, Downey, L, Engelberg, RA, Carson, SS, White, DB, Kahn, JM, Jones, DM, Key, MD, Reagan, W, Porter, LS, Curtis, JR, and Cox, CE. "Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Financial Stress in Survivors of Critical Illness." Critical Care Medicine 46, no. 6 (June 2018): e530-e539.

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29505422
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Cox, CE, Hough, CL, Jones, DM, Ungar, A, Reagan, W, Key, MD, Gremore, T, Olsen, MK, Sanders, L, Greeson, JM, and Porter, LS. "Effects of mindfulness training programmes delivered by a self-directed mobile app and by telephone compared with an education programme for survivors of critical illness: a pilot randomised clinical trial." Thorax (May 23, 2018).

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29793970
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Li, L, Nelson, JE, Hanson, LC, Cox, CE, Carson, SS, Chai, EJ, Keller, KL, Tulsky, JA, and Danis, M. "How Surrogate Decision-Makers for Patients With Chronic Critical Illness Perceive and Carry Out Their Role." Critical Care Medicine 46, no. 5 (May 2018): 699-704.

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29462004
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Choi, PJ, Curlin, FA, and Cox, CE. "Addressing religion and spirituality in the intensive care unit: A survey of clinicians." Palliative & Supportive Care (April 30, 2018): 1-6.

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29708093
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Austin, CA, Choudhury, S, Lincoln, T, Chang, LH, Cox, CE, Weaver, MA, Hanson, LC, Nelson, JE, and Carson, SS. "Rapid Response Events in Hospitalized Patients: Patient Symptoms and Clinician Communication." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 55, no. 3 (March 2018): 946-952.

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29225117
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Cox, CE, Hough, CL, Carson, SS, White, DB, Kahn, JM, Olsen, MK, Jones, DM, Somers, TJ, Kelleher, SA, and Porter, LS. "Effects of a Telephone- and Web-based Coping Skills Training Program Compared with an Education Program for Survivors of Critical Illness and Their Family Members. A Randomized Clinical Trial." American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 197, no. 1 (January 2018): 66-78.

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28872898
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Cox, CE, Jones, DM, Reagan, W, Key, MD, Chow, V, McFarlin, J, Casarett, D, Creutzfeldt, CJ, and Docherty, SL. "Palliative Care Planner: A Pilot Study to Evaluate Acceptability and Usability of an Electronic Health Records System-integrated, Needs-targeted App Platform." Annals of the American Thoracic Society 15, no. 1 (January 2018): 59-68.

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29121480
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Kram, BL, Schultheis, JM, Kram, SJ, and Cox, CE. "A Pharmacy-Based Electronic Handoff Tool to Reduce Discharge Prescribing of Atypical Antipsychotics Initiated in the Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Initiative." Journal of Pharmacy Practice (January 2018): 897190018761412-null.

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29486664
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Nelson, JE, Hanson, LC, Keller, KL, Carson, SS, Cox, CE, Tulsky, JA, White, DB, Chai, EJ, Weiss, SP, and Danis, M. "The Voice of Surrogate Decision-Makers. Family Responses to Prognostic Information in Chronic Critical Illness." American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 196, no. 7 (October 2017): 864-872.

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28387538
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Wysham, NG, Hua, M, Hough, CL, Gundel, S, Docherty, SL, Jones, DM, Reagan, O, Goucher, H, Mcfarlin, J, and Cox, CE. "Improving ICU-Based Palliative Care Delivery: A Multicenter, Multidisciplinary Survey of Critical Care Clinician Attitudes and Beliefs." Critical Care Medicine 45, no. 4 (April 2017): e372-e378.

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27618270
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