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Survivorship Will Be the Defining Challenge of Critical Care in the 21st Century

Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD
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From University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Grant Support: By the National Institutes of Health (grant K08HL091249).

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M10-1344.

Requests for Single Reprints: Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 3A23 300 NIB, SPC 5419, 300 North Ingalls Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5419; e-mail, tiwashyn@umich.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(3):204-205. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-153-3-201008030-00013
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Distracted by the high mortality rate of critical illness, we tend to overlook the essential fact that most patients survive the intensive care unit (ICU). Every year, millions of patients are discharged from the ICU to face the challenges of critical illness survivorship—the complex burdens and legacies of surviving a potentially fatal disease, often after harsh and painful treatment.

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