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April 10, 2002

Long-term Trends in Mortality in the Intensive Care Unit—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

In Reply: We apologize for the oversight of not citing the study of Dr Petty and colleagues1 in our article. However, Petty points out the difficulty of comparing both studies. The study of Petty et al was a retrospective, 10-year evaluation in a single intensive care unit, while our article was based on a prospective, multicenter, international review. Furthermore, the study by Petty et al lacked important demographics information (such as age or sex) and, at that time, did not have any objective assessments of patient severity (ie, simplified acute physiology score II or APACHE III scores).

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