Decision making in the democracy-based medicine era: The consensus conference process

Massimiliano Greco, Azzolini Marialuisa, Monti Giacomo

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A large number of randomized controlled trials on critically ill patients has been published in the last years, yielding often opposite or inconclusive findings. To be continuously updated is thus becoming a hard task for physicians, who have to rely on experts’ guidelines to guide their practice. Democracy based medicine is a recently developed method which overcomes the limits of experts’ guidelines. This chapter summarize the consensus process, based on a systematic review, on a formal meeting to discuss and analyze the available evidence and where the consensus statements are produced, and on a dedicated web interface which allows to share intermediate findings gather consensus from colleagues worldwide. This Consensus Conference identified 7 interventions increasing survival and 8 interventions increasing mortality in the critically ill patients. Given the increasing complexity and width of medical literature, the Consensus process is a simple solution to reach a worldwide consensus among pairs on the best published evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReducing Mortality in Critically Ill Patients
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319175157, 9783319175140
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Critically ill
  • Democracy-based medicine
  • Subjective refraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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