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The Problem of Disproportionate Critical Care: Francesca Rubulotta

Francesca Rubulotta talks about disproportionate care in ICU. Disproportionate care is disproportionate in relation to the expected prognosis.

Moreover, this can lead to moral distress among clinicians who think they are offering inappropriate care. There is mounting research and evidence pointing to the existence of disproportionate care.

Furthermore, stress and burnout cause increased miscommunication and lead to low performance and concentration. Stress leads to absenteeism or in many cases, presenteeism.

Presenteeism is when someone just shows up for work but does the bare minimum. Francesca shows the financial burden caused by absenteeism across various countries.

Francesca points out that only 14% of employees feel engaged in their jobs. Moreover, data shows that companies which keep their employees engaged have higher rates of performance. Such companies have managers who are more engaged and approachable.

Francesca discusses various studies that look at the appropriateness of care in ICU.

She talks about the CONFLICUS, APPROPRICUS and DISPROPICUS studies, all of which point to the moral stress experienced when clinicians are forced to give inappropriate care.

We must ask whether inappropriate care occurred and why. The three major factors influencing the perception of inappropriate care are client related situations, work characteristics and personal characteristics. 27% of healthcare providers (HCP) report at least one of their patients are mismanaged per day. Furthermore, 63% say that inappropriate care happens all the time.

There are multiple reasons for disproportionate care taking place. Studies show that nurses associated inappropriate care to interpersonal factors while physicians ascribed it to prognostic uncertainty.

Francesca discusses the methods used and results obtained in the DISPROPICUS study and self-awareness and individual development in ICU.

According to her, these future studies will help to find solutions to the problems regarding disproportionate care. Evidently, authentic leaders, who can inspire others, are the need of the hour.

The Problem of Disproportionate Critical Care: Francesca Rubulotta

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