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Is Mortality the Only Outcome Measure in ICU Patients?

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Clinical trials, by definition, need to have an aim, an outcome measure. Indeed, there is no point conducting a trial if there is no endpoint in view. The choice of the outcome measure employed will vary according to the agent/technique being assessed but in intensive care medicine, the majority of clinical trials currently focus on the 28 day all-cause mortality rate. This measure may, however, not necessarily be the most appropriate, and we will discuss the reasons for this, and possible alternatives, in this paper.

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  • Organ Failure
  • Sequential Organ Failure Assessment
  • Infection Type
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Veteran Administration

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Vincent, JL. (1999). Is Mortality the Only Outcome Measure in ICU Patients?. In: Gullo, A. (eds) Anaesthesia, Pain, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine — A.P.I.C.E.. Springer, Milano. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-2145-7_10

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