SCCM is updating its SCCM Connect Community. Access to SCCM Connect may be limited until April 23.

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, SCCM will be performing maintenance on our websites. Users may experience intermittent issues when trying to access some functionality of

Improving Long-Term Outcomes Research for Acute Respiratory Failure Survivors

visual bubble
visual bubble
visual bubble
visual bubble

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) awarded a large 5-year R-24 research infrastructure grant to Society member Dale Needham, FCPA, MD, PhD, for a project entitled “Improving Long-Term Outcomes Research for Acute Respiratory Failure.” 

Dr. Needham is Director of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) Group, a multidisciplinary clinical and research group focused on understanding and improving patient outcomes after critical illness and surgery, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

This NIH-funded project has completed the development of many resources for researchers conducting long-term follow-up of patients surviving acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARF/ARDS), including: 

• Recommendations for long-term outcomes and associated measurement instruments for research in this patient population. A database of recommended survey instruments and clinical testing methods for evaluating the long-term physical, cognitive, and mental health outcomes of survivors of ARF/ARDS is available at

• Practical tools for maximizing patient cohort retention for longitudinal long-term outcomes research studies. Cohort retention tools are available at www.improvelto. com/cohort-retention-tools. 

• Statistical tools and programs to appropriately address the competing risk of mortality in analyzing long-term functional outcomes in this patient population. A software tool that imputes missing data among survivors and then implements statistical approaches for addressing mortality when evaluating long-term functional outcomes is available at www. 

Visit to learn more about this project and stay up to date on its progress.‚Äč