Journal article

Bench-to-bedside review: The evaluation of complex interventions in critical care

Anthony Delaney, Derek C Angus, Rinaldo Bellomo, Peter Cameron, D James Cooper, Simon Finfer, David A Harrison, David T Huang, John A Myburgh, Sandra L Peake, Michael C Reade, Steve AR Webb, Donald M Yealy

CRITICAL CARE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Complex interventions, such as the introduction of medical emergency teams or an early goal-directed therapy protocol, are developed from a number of components that may act both independently and inter-dependently. There is an emerging body of literature advocating the use of integrated complex interventions to optimise the treatment of critically ill patients. As with any other treatment, complex interventions should undergo careful evaluation prior to widespread introduction into clinical practice. During the development of an international collaboration of researchers investigating protocol-based approaches to the resuscitation of patients with severe sepsis, we examined the specific iss..

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