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Patients More Likely to Die While in ICU in U.S. Than in England
Date:10/30/2009

Service, and there is also much lower per-capita expenditure on intensive care services when compared to the U.S.," Wunsch said. "The use of intensive care in England is limited by supply to a greater degree than it is in the U.S. and there are consequently implicit and explicit decisions regarding who gets those limited services. We wished to examine what different decisions are made," she explained.

"Whether less intensive care for very elderly patients who are dying is a form of rationing or is actually better recognition of what constitutes appropriate care at the end of life warrants further research," Wunsch said. "These findings highlight the urgent need to understand whether there is overuse of intensive care in the U.S., or under-use in England."

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Oct. 23, 2009


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