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Prognostication of Critically Ill Patients – The ‘Science’, the ‘Art’ and the Creeping Commercialism

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Risk assessment using prognostic models to make decisions regarding the management of individual patients carries an ethical dimension to the process. The degree of accuracy of the models as well as their reliability and utility in the care of individuals are therefore important considerations. The article in this Journal comments on some of these issues, as well as the possible influence of commercialism in the development of the models, and the role of the physician in using his/her own clinical judgement when caring for the individual patient (1).

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e-Published: 03 Jul, 2013
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