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Invited Commentary
March 2017

Toward the Ideal Ratio of Patients to IntensivistsFinding a Reasonable Balance

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 3Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(3):396-398. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8476

More than 5.7 million patients are admitted annually to an intensive care unit (ICU) in the United States, accounting for approximately 20% of all acute care admissions.1 With the aging population and its increasing comorbidity burden, the number of ICU patients and the projected costs associated with their care is expected to rise.2

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