Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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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).
Esteban A, Frutos F, Alía I, Anzueto A. Long-term Trends in Mortality in the Intensive Care Unit—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(14):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799