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

Cox, CE, Jones, DM, Reagan, W, Key, MD, Chow, V, McFarlin, J, Casarett, D, Creutzfeldt, CJ, and Docherty, SL. "Palliative Care Planner (PCplanner): 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 (November 9, 2017).

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29121480
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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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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 to an Education Program for Survivors of Critical Illness and Their Family Members: A Randomized Clinical Trial." American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine (September 5, 2017).

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28872898
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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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Kruser, JM, Cox, CE, and Schwarze, ML. "Clinical Momentum in the Intensive Care Unit. A Latent Contributor to Unwanted Care." Annals of the American Thoracic Society 14, no. 3 (March 2017): 426-431.

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27997808
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Cox, CE, and Jensen, HI. "The unmet need of information access for family members of ICU patients." Intensive care medicine 43, no. 2 (February 2017): 240-242.

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28011990
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Davidson, JE, Aslakson, RA, Long, AC, Puntillo, KA, Kross, EK, Hart, J, Cox, CE, Wunsch, H, Wickline, MA, Nunnally, ME, Netzer, G, Kentish-Barnes, N, Sprung, CL, Hartog, CS, Coombs, M, Gerritsen, RT, Hopkins, RO, Franck, LS, Skrobik, Y, Kon, AA, Scruth, EA, Harvey, MA, Lewis-Newby, M, White, DB, Swoboda, SM, Cooke, CR, Levy, MM, Azoulay, E, and Curtis, JR. "Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU." Critical care medicine 45, no. 1 (January 2017): 103-128. (Review)

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27984278
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Ernecoff, NC, and Cox, CE. "Spirituality, Palliative Care, and the Intensive Care Unit. A New Approach." American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 195, no. 2 (January 2017): 150-152.

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28084821
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Choi, P, Curlin, F, and Cox, CE. "Addressing The Religious And Spiritual Needs Of Icu Patients: A Survey Of Icu Clinicians." 2017.

Scholars@Duke

Cox, CE, Carson, SS, Hough, CL, Kahn, J, White, DB, Olsen, MK, Somers, T, Kelleher, S, and Porter, LS. "Coping Skills Training To Improve Psychological Distress Among Critical Illness Survivors: A Randomized Clinical Trial." 2017.

Scholars@Duke

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