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STUDY TITLE: Actionable Processes of Care for Persistent Critical Illness: Patient- and Family-centred Performance Measures


The purpose of this study is to determine care activities identified as most important to survivors of a prolonged stay in the ICU, their family members, and the clinicians who treat them. These data will be used to develop a tool such as a checklist or structured care plan to improve the quality of ICU care.


You will be asked for your opinion on the importance of a list of 39 items describing actionable processes of care (care activities that we have the ability to change). This list was generated from a review of existing studies and interviews with ICU survivors, family members, and clinicians (nurses, intensivists (ICU doctors), physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists). You are able to suggest additional items while responding to the first round of this survey, known as a Delphi or consensus building study.

In the second round, we will provide you the same list of items, your response from the previous round, and the average rating provided by other participants. You will be asked to rate them again in terms of how important you think each item is.

If many additional items are suggested by participants in the first round we may require a third round to give you the chance to rate these newly suggested items a second time.

We anticipate it should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete each round with 4-6 weeks between rounds.

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