Principles of resource allocation in critical care

Najwan Abu Al-Saad, Chris Skedgel, Jurgens Nortje

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Key points:
• Critical care is a scarce resource facing increasing demand.
• Rationing of health care is a reality of all health systems at some level.
• Ethical and economic dimensions of resource allocation in critical care are inseparable.
• Scarce resources need to be used as efficiently as possible to maximize achievable health gains and maintain the sustainability of critical care.
• Well-conducted cost-effectiveness analyses can inform more explicit and transparent resource allocation decisions but need consideration of local context.
• There is evidence that critical care in the UK can be cost-effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390–395
Number of pages6
JournalBJA Education
Issue number12
Early online date13 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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