The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) sponsored the Consensus Conference on Fostering More Human Care Creating a Healing Environment in October 1990 at Snowbird, Utah. The purpose of this conference was to address the challenges of providing sensitive, humane critical care in an increasingly technological and cost-conscious environment. The long-term objective was to develop this document (initially published by SCCM in 1992) as a resource for critical care professionals who are seeking methods by which to foster more humane care of their acutely ill patients.

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