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Two thirds of US intensive care patients get suboptimal care

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1292
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Two thirds of patients in intensive care units in the United States are receiving less than optimal care, because of a shortfall in the number of critical care specialists, concludes a report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The situation is likely to worsen over the next 15 years as the US population ages and the need for critical care experts grows, it says.

    “Fewer newly trained physicians are choosing pulmonary and critical care medicine as a specialty, due to the intense lifestyle associated with critical care and the challenges with reimbursement,” …

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