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

Massimiliano Greco, Azzolini Marialuisa, Monti Giacomo

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Abstract

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
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319175157, 9783319175140
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Critically ill
  • Democracy-based medicine
  • Subjective refraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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