ITM-UChicago researchers’ findings regarding urgent medical care decisions offered to critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®. Alexandra Tate, PhD, Research Director in the Section of Hospital Medicine, along with Ethan Molitch-Hou, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and their team found that during the pandemic doctors were more likely to document code status preferences for their patients. This increase in documentation was observed for both COVID patients and those without COVID. Their research suggests the increase for COVID patients was likely due to consistent and clear protocols in the COVID unit and uncertainty about the disease, while spillover effects of the behavior help explain the increase for non-COVID patients. Tate credits an ITM Core Subsidy Award that she and Molitch-Hou received in 2021 for helping make the work possible.