Value, Chronic Critical Illness, and Choosing Wisely
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine; Medicine
Management of limited health-care resources has been of growing concern. Stewardship of health-care dollars and avoidance of low-value care is being increasingly recognized as a matter that affects all practitioners. This review aims to examine a particular pathological state with multifactorial origins: chronic critical illness (CCI). This condition exerts a large toll on society as well as individual patients and their families. Here, we offer a brief review as to the incidence/prevalence of CCI and suggestions for prevention. Emphasis should be placed on the importance of early, open communication among physicians and patients about their end-of-life decisions and advanced directives, so that decisions can be made wisely and with the patient's best interests in mind.
Madrid RA, McGee W. Value, Chronic Critical Illness, and Choosing Wisely. J Intensive Care Med. 2019 Aug;34(8):609-614.