ESICM’S 2021 Research Awards

The ESICM Research and Industry Awards offer “something for everyone”, from junior to more experienced researchers, and from basic to clinical research.

Jan De Waele, Chair of the ESICM Research Committee, outlines the process and different categories of awards.

More information on ESICM Awards webpage.

Ethics News

Section and Section Project Group

The Ethics section is led by Christiane Hartog and Diederik van Dijk.

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Research – Research Projects

End-of-life practices in intensive care units around the world. This multicentre study will allow us to observe and describe actual end of life practices in ICUs in several countries.

We aim to determine their overall incidence, to document variations in the pattern of practice and to analyse similarities and differences in terms of variables that might explain the findings.

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Research – Surveys

Investigation of a possible correlation between end-of-life care and the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in intensive care patients.

End-of-life treatment and bacterial antibiotic resistance: a potential association.

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Relevant research

Metaxa V.  et al. Palliative care interventions in intensive care unit patients – a systematic review protocol.
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Mark J. Peters et al. The intensive care medicine clinical research agenda in paediatrics.
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Hans Flaatten et al. The status of intensive care medicine research and a future agenda for very old patients in the ICU.
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How Family Members Perceive Goals for Dying Nursing Home Residents.
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Withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments in low-middle-income versus high-income Asian countries and regions
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Global variability in withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in the intensive care unit: a systematic review.
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Article Reviews

Professional burnout in Asian ICUs
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POPPI Study – Conclusions
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Improving decision-making with family members of nursing home residents
Dementia is a common disease in old age and most of the patients with late-stage dementia both reside and die in nursing homes.
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Burnout Syndrome in Critical Care: A Call for Action
Burnout syndrom is triggered by a discrepancy between the expectations and ideals of the employee and the actual requirements of his position.
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Withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments: Examining the socioeconomic factors
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Decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: Is there global variability?
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Suggested talks

Worldwide End-of-Life Practice for Patients in Intensive Care Units: WELPICUS Results

In this icTV interview, Charles Sprung discusses the results from his long-term study WELPICUS, which examined the variance in end of life decisions made by physicians at the bedside.

Interview with an Expert

In this icTV interview, J Randall Curtis provides some guidance on the changing focus of the ICU – where often improving quality of dying must become the aim of intensive care staff. He highlights what essential elements are needed to ensure the process is as smooth and calm as possible.

Family Presence during CPR: Harmful or Beneficial?

In this icTV interview, Patricia Jabre discusses her multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial which explored the previously unstudied effects of offering a patient’s family the option of witnessing these interventions.

For more information, read the related NEJM article – Family Presence during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (2013)