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

Suen, Angela O., Rachel A. Butler, Robert Arnold, Brad Myers, Holly O. Witteman, Christopher E. Cox, Amanda Argenas, et al. “Developing the family support tool: An interactive, web-based tool to help families navigate the complexities of surrogate decision making in ICUs.” J Crit Care 56 (April 2020): 132–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.12.002.

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31896447
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Haines, Krista, Jennifer Freeman, Cory Vastaas, Clay Rust, Christopher Cox, George Kasotakis, Matthew Fuller, et al. “"I'm Leaving": Factors That Impact Against Medical Advice Disposition Post-Trauma.” J Emerg Med, March 11, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2019.12.023.

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32171476
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Khandelwal, Nita, Ruth A. Engelberg, Catherine L. Hough, Christopher E. Cox, and J Randall Curtis. “The Patient and Family Member Experience of Financial Stress Related to Critical Illness.” J Palliat Med, January 2, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0369.

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31895636
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Kram, Bridgette L., Jennifer M. Schultheis, Shawn J. Kram, and Christopher E. Cox. “A Pharmacy-Based Electronic Handoff Tool to Reduce Discharge Prescribing of Atypical Antipsychotics Initiated in the Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Initiative.” J Pharm Pract 32, no. 4 (August 2019): 434–41. https://doi.org/10.1177/0897190018761412.

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Prigerson, Holly G., Martin Viola, Chris R. Brewin, Christopher Cox, Daniel Ouyang, Madeline Rogers, Cynthia X. Pan, et al. “Enhancing & Mobilizing the POtential for Wellness & Emotional Resilience (EMPOWER) among Surrogate Decision-Makers of ICU Patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.” Trials 20, no. 1 (July 9, 2019): 408. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3515-0.

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31288829
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Wendlandt, Blair, Agathe Ceppe, Summer Choudhury, Christopher E. Cox, Laura C. Hanson, Marion Danis, James A. Tulsky, Judith E. Nelson, and Shannon S. Carson. “Modifiable elements of ICU supportive care and communication are associated with surrogates' PTSD symptoms.” Intensive Care Med 45, no. 5 (May 2019): 619–26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00134-019-05550-z.

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30790028
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Cox, Christopher E., Douglas B. White, Catherine L. Hough, Derek M. Jones, Jeremy M. Kahn, Maren K. Olsen, Carmen L. Lewis, Laura C. Hanson, and Shannon S. Carson. “Effects of a Personalized Web-Based Decision Aid for Surrogate Decision Makers of Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Ann Intern Med 170, no. 5 (March 5, 2019): 285–97. https://doi.org/10.7326/M18-2335.

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30690645
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Wendlandt, B., A. Ceppe, C. Summer, J. E. Nelson, C. E. Cox, L. Hanson, M. Danis, J. Tulsky, and S. S. Carson. “The Association of Provider Support and Communication with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms for Family Caregivers of Patients with Chronic Critical Illness.” In American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 199. AMER THORACIC SOC, 2019.

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