Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Organisation and Management of Intensive Care

A Prospective Study in 12 European Countries

Editors: Reis Miranda, D., Ryan, D.W., Schaufeli, W., Fidler, V. (Eds.)

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From the viewpoint of a health economist, the intensive care unit (leU) is a particularly fascinating phenomenon. It is the epitome of "high-tech" medicine and frequently portrayed as the place where life-saving miracles are routinely wrought. But the popular imagina­ tion is also caught up in the darker side, when agonizing decisions have to be made to avoid futile and inhuman continuation of expen­ sive treatments. My analytical interests led me to approach these issues by asking what the evidence tells us about which leu activities are very bene­ ficial in relationship to their costs and which are not. This quickly translates into a slightly different question, namely, which patients are most appropriately treated in an leu and which not. Unfor­ tunately, it is very hard to answer these questions because it has pro­ ved very difficult to investigate these issues in the manner which is now regarded as the "gold standard:' namely by conducting rando­ mized clinical trials or alternative courses of action. I think this is a pity, and I am not at all convinced that it would be unethical to do so in many cases, because there is wide variation in practice and ge­ nuine doubt as to which practices are best -the two conditions that need to be fulfilled before such a trial is justifiable.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organisation and Management of Intensive Care
Book Subtitle
A Prospective Study in 12 European Countries
Editors
  • D. Reis Miranda
  • D.W. Ryan
  • Wilmar Schaufeli
  • V. Fidler
Series Title
Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine
Series Volume
29
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-60270-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-60270-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-64328-6
Series ISSN
0933-6788
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 286
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