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Patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) require complex care and have a high risk of mortality and complications. Models of care that incorporate multidisciplinary care teams – teams including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and other critical care staff members – have been endorsed by professional organisations as a means of improving quality of care for patients in the ICU. Another intervention identified as improving outcomes in the ICU is the use of a physician intensivist-led model of care.1 There is, however, a critical shortage of intensivists. To address how these interventions affect outcomes independently and in combination, Kim and colleagues investigated how the use of a multidisciplinary …
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