New Perspectives on Long Stay Patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Definition, Characteristics and Impact

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Creator: 

Woodger, Owen Matthew

Date: 

2017

Abstract: 

For many children and their families, access to care in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is vital. Unfortunately, as a rival good, it is also limited. This thesis analyzes the group which uses the most of this important and scarce good: long stay patients (LSPs). Using an original survey of PICU practitioners across Canada and an original dataset of a year of PICU admissions from a particular PICU, this thesis applies a unique mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to draw conclusions and generate hypotheses. Two findings are of particularly noteworthy: a new theoretical framework for dichotomizing LSPs into “high-need” and “high-dependency” and the potential existence of “congestion effects” in which additional LSPs at any given time force PICUs to ration the care they can make available to any individual patient.

Subject: 

Economics

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Economics

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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