World Resources in Critical Care Study: a survey of critical care research and resources in eight countries
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 22 March 2007
Critical care research involves data from many countries, but critical care resources in these countries are unknown. We hypothesized that there are large differences in critical care resources between countries.
We identified original research articles on critical care in three high impact factor journals (N Engl J Med, JAMA and The Lancet) published from 2001 to 2005. A list of the countries where data collection occurred was extracted. Eight countries contributed to ≥10 studies. A collaborator in each country was asked to provide baseline critical care information for their country from 2005, or as close to that date as possible.
Many countries contribute substantially to critical care research. However, the underlying critical care resources vary dramatically among these countries.