Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 30, Issue 8, pp 1514–1525 | Cite as

Year in review in Intensive Care Medicine—2003

Part 3: Intensive care unit organization, scoring, quality of life, ethics, neonatal and pediatrics, and experimental
  • Edward Abraham
  • Peter Andrews
  • Massimo Antonelli
  • Laurent BrochardEmail author
  • Christian Brun-Buisson
  • Geoffrey Dobb
  • Jean-Yves Fagon
  • Johan Groeneveld
  • Jordi Mancebo
  • Philipp Metnitz
  • Stefano Nava
  • Michael Pinsky
  • Peter Radermacher
  • Marco Ranieri
  • Christian Richard
  • Robert Tasker
  • Benoit Vallet
Special Article

Intensive care unit organization, scoring, quality of life, ethics

Outcome research in intensive care medicine has traditionally used hospital mortality as the primary endpoint of interest. There exists a broad consensus, however, that other outcomes are equally important. This is reflected in the growing number of studies focusing on long-term outcomes. In 2003, several studies aimed to assess the quality of life (QOL) of intensive care survivors. Halonen et al. [1] studied the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in survivors of severe acute pancreatitis. Among their sample (245 patients from a surgical ICU), 13% of those who survived hospitalization died within the following years. HRQOL in survivors was, however, not different from a sample of the normal population, 87% even returned to work. Lizana et al. [2] conducted a prospective observational study in a mixed ICU. Comparing QOL with that before and after the ICU stay, patients more frequently reported worse QOL after the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Abraham
    • 1
  • Peter Andrews
    • 2
  • Massimo Antonelli
    • 3
  • Laurent Brochard
    • 4
    Email author
  • Christian Brun-Buisson
    • 4
  • Geoffrey Dobb
    • 5
  • Jean-Yves Fagon
    • 6
  • Johan Groeneveld
    • 7
  • Jordi Mancebo
    • 8
  • Philipp Metnitz
    • 9
  • Stefano Nava
    • 10
  • Michael Pinsky
    • 11
  • Peter Radermacher
    • 12
  • Marco Ranieri
    • 13
  • Christian Richard
    • 14
  • Robert Tasker
    • 15
  • Benoit Vallet
    • 16
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA
  2. 2.Intensive Care UnitWestern General HospitalEdinburghScotland, UK
  3. 3.Department of Intensive Care and AnesthesiologyPoliclinico UniversitarioRomeItaly
  4. 4.Medical Intensive Care UnitUniversity Hospital Henri MondorCreteilFrance
  5. 5.Intensive Care UnitRoyal Perth HospitalPerthAustralia
  6. 6.Medical Intensive Care UnitUniversity European Hospital Georges PompidouParisFrance
  7. 7.Medical Intensive Care UnitFree University HospitalAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  8. 8.Servei Medicina IntensivaHospital Sant PauBarcelonaSpain
  9. 9.Department of Anesthesia and General Intensive Care MedicineUniversity Hospital of ViennaViennaAustria
  10. 10.Respiratory Intensive Care UnitFondazione S. MaugeriPaviaItaly
  11. 11.Intensive Care MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  12. 12.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity Medical School of UlmUlmGermany
  13. 13.Anestesiologia e Rianimazione, Ospedale S Giovanni BattistaUniversita di TorinoTurinItaly
  14. 14.Intensive Care UnitUniversity Hospital of BicetreLe Kremlin BicetreFrance
  15. 15.Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrooke’s HospitalCambridge University School of MedicineCambridgeUK
  16. 16.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive CareUniversity Hospital of LilleLilleFrance

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