Evaluating and planning ICUs: methods and approaches to differentiate between need and demand.

@article{Wild2005EvaluatingAP,
  title={Evaluating and planning ICUs: methods and approaches to differentiate between need and demand.},
  author={Claudia Wild and Markus Narath},
  journal={Health policy},
  year={2005},
  volume={71 3},
  pages={289-301}
}
OBJECTIVE In all western countries the demand for ICU-services is increasing and complaints about a lack of ICU-beds arise--independent of the actual density of ICU-services. The demand for more ICU-beds triggered a debate on whether it is possible to define an "objective" need. It was the aim of the assessment to analyze conventional as well as innovative approaches to plan and to evaluate ICU-services. METHOD Systematic review, multistep searches in Medline, EmBase, Cochrane, HTA-Database… CONTINUE READING

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