Morbidity: Changing the Outcome Paradigm for Pediatric Critical Care

Julia A. Heneghan, Murray M. Pollack

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The focus of critical care has evolved from saving lives to preservation of function. Morbidity rates in pediatric critical care are approximately double mortality rates. Morbidity includes complications of disease and medical care. In pediatric critical care, functional status morbidity is an intermediate outcome in the progression toward death and is the result of the same factors associated with mortality, including physiologic profiles and case-mix factors. The Functional Status Scale developed by Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network is a validated, granular, age-independent measure of functional status that has proved valuable and practical even in large outcome studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1147-1165
Number of pages19
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Critical care
  • Functional status
  • Morbidity
  • Outcomes
  • Outcomes research
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Quality


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