Clinical Research in Critical Care: Difficulties and Perspectives
In the field of Intensive Care Medicine, better survival rates have been the result of improved patient care, early detection of clinical deterioration, and prevention of iatrogenic complications, while research on new treatments has been followed by an overwhelming amount of disappointments.
The origins of these fiascos are rooted in combined methodological problems – common to other disciplines, and in the particularities of critically ill patients. This paper discusses both aspects and suggests some options for the future.
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