Survival is not Enough: Quality of Life After Intensive Care
Survival alone is a rough estimate of prognosis to justify utilization of intensive care resources which are limited by increasing costs. During the past years, the focus of outcome studies has been in the assessment of the functional capacity, management of daily activities, ability to work and most importantly, what is the patient’s subjective opinion of his/her well being after requiring advanced life-support. Patients with multiple organ failure (MOF) and a prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay consume a disproportionately high proportion of patient days and costs. The outcome of these high risk patients should be evaluated  and quality of life (QOL) has been proposed as a relevant outcome measure .
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