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Principles Guiding Non Pandemic Critical Care Research During a Pandemic

Principles Guiding Non Pandemic Critical Care Research During a Pandemic

Deliberation about continuing non pandemic research should use objective, transparent criteria considering several aspects of the research process such as bedside and research staff safety, infection control, the informed consent model, protocol complexity, data collection, and implementation integrity. Decisions to pause or pursue non pandemic research should be proportionate, transparent, and revisited as the pandemic abates.

While clinical research should be prioritized to advantage patients with coronavirus disease 2019 in order to care for affected patients, it ideally would not unduly disadvantage patients without coronavirus disease 2019.

Thus, timely, rigorous, relevant, and ethical clinical research is needed to improve the care and optimize outcomes for both patients with and without coronavirus disease 2019, acknowledging how many studies that are not exclusively focused on coronavirus disease 2019 remain relevant to patients with coronavirus disease 2019.

CriticalCare.news
September 1, 2020

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