Identification of Clinically Relevant Groups of Patients Through the Application of Cluster Analysis to a Complex Traumatic Brain Injury Data Set
In neurological intensive care units (NICUs) we are collecting an ever increasing quantity of data. These range from patient demographics and physiological monitoring to treatment strategies and outcomes. The BrainIT database is an example of this type of rich data source. It contains validated data on 264 patients who suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) admitted to 22 NICUs in 11 European countries between March 2003 and July 2005 [1, 6].
The authors would like to acknowledge the work of the BrainIT group of investigators and participating centres in the BrainIT data set without whom this work could not have been conducted: Barcelona, Spain: Prof Sahuquillo; Cambridge, UK: Prof Pickard; Edinburgh, UK: Prof Whittle; Glasgow, UK: Mr Dunn; Gothenburg, Sweden: Dr Rydenhag; Heidelberg, Germany: Dr Kiening; Iasi, Romania: Dr Iencean; Kaunas, Lithuania: Prof Pavalkis; Leipzig, Germany: Prof Meixensberger; Leuven, Belgium: Prof Goffin; Mannheim, Germany: Prof Vajkoczy; Milan, Italy: Prof Stocchetti; Monza, Italy: Dr Citerio; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Dr Chambers; Novara, Italy: Prof Della Corte; Southampton, UK: Dr Hell; Uppsala, Sweden: Prof Enblad; Torino, Italy: Dr Mascia; Vilnius, Lithuania: Prof Jarzemaskas; Zurich, Switzerland: Prof Stocker.
Conflict of Interest Statement
We declare that we have no conflict of interest.
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