What is it about?

Many critically ill patients survive their first acute attacks, but they continue to live with a syndrome that requires long-term intensive care, known as chronic critical illness.These patients have significant hospital care burdens, high hospitalization costs, morbidity, and poor outcomes. The definition of PCCI, which includes both babies and children, has not been established, thereby preventing accurate analysis of children with CCI.

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Why is it important?

CCI has social and financial burdens for patients, families, and the healthcare system. Although PCCI has been discussed extensively worldwide, it has not been studied in Turkey. The aim of this study is to determine characteristics and clinical results of PCCI in the three separate PICU and neonatal ICU (NICU)


I hope this article makes what people might think is a boring, slightly abstract area like health economics and measuring things like health, kind of interesting and maybe even exciting. Because the way we spend money on health and social care is not just a problem for politicians, managers and researchers to worry about - it is an issue that touches every single human being on this planet in one way or another.

Hilmi Demirkiran
Van Yuzuncu Yil University

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This page is a summary of: Evaluation of the incidence, characteristics, and outcomes of pediatric chronic critical illness, PLoS ONE, May 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248883.
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