Critical care service delivery across healthcare systems in low-income and low-middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review

  1. Andrew George Lim1,2, 
  2. Sean Kivlehan3,4, 
  3. Lia Ilona Losonczy5, 
  4. Srinivas Murthy6, 
  5. Enrico Dippenaar7, 
  6. Richard Lowsby8, 
  7. Marc Li Chuan L C Yang9, 
  8. Michael S Jaung10, 
  9. P Andrew Stephens11, 
  10. Nicole Benzoni12, 
  11. Nana Sefa13, 
  12. Emily Suzanne Bartlett14, 
  13. Brandon Alexander Chaffay15, 
  14. Naeha Haridasa16, 
  15. Bernadett Pua Velasco17, 
  16. Sojung Yi18, 
  17. Caitlin A Contag19, 
  18. Amir Lotfy Rashed20, 
  19. Patrick McCarville15, 
  20. Paul D Sonenthal21,22, 
  21. Nebiyu Shukur15, 
  22. Abdelouahab Bellou23, 
  23. Carl Mickman24, 
  24. Adhiti Ghatak-Roy25, 
  25. Allison Ferreira26, 
  26. Neill KJ Adhikari27, 
  27. Teri Reynolds28

Correspondence to Dr Andrew George Lim; [email protected]


Introduction Critical care in low-income and low-middle income countries (LLMICs) is an underdeveloped component of the healthcare system. Given the increasing growth in demand for critical care services in LLMICs, understanding the current capacity to provide critical care is imperative to inform policy on service expansion. Thus, our aim is to describe the provision of critical care in LLMICs with respect to patients, providers, location of care and services and interventions delivered.