This systematic review and meta-analysis considered whether older adults have adverse quality of life outcomes in the long-term following ICU. Overall, our results suggested that older adult survivors don’t have much worse quality of life, compared to reasonably matched controls. We believe this to be an important finding given the current debates around resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The preprint is attached as the manuscript is currently under review at BMJ open.
We collaborated with Alex Ruck Keene and Margot Kuylen from workstream 6 for this project. Alex’s feedback centred on his role as legal adviser to the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine’s (FICM) Legal and Ethical Policy Unit. Margot supported the reliability checking and the findings overlap with findings from her deliberative democracy project on resource allocation.