Intensive care diaries and relatives' symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder after critical illness: a pilot study
2012 (English)In: American Journal of Critical Care, ISSN 1062-3264, E-ISSN 1937-710X, Vol. 21, no 3, 172-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Relatives of patients recovering from critical illness have been shown to be at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD).
Objectives: The primary aim of this pilot study was to test whether the provision of an ICU diary to the patient and their relatives reduced the level of PTSD-related symptoms in the close family members.
Methods: Observational study of close family members of Intensive care patients, with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stay of more than 72 hrs, recruited in two centres of a 12 centred randomised controlled trial examining the effect of a diary outlining the details of the patients ICU stay on the development of new onset PTSD on patients. The close family members of the patients were recruited to examine the additional effect of the provision of the patient diary on their PTSD-related symptoms.
Results 36 family members were recruited and 30 completed the study. Where the patient received their diary at 1 month the family members showed lower levels of PTSD-related symptoms (p=0.03) at the 3 month follow-up compared to the control relatives.
Conclusions: The provision of an ICU diary may be effective in aiding psychological recovery in families after critical illness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA: American Association of Critical Care Nurses , 2012. Vol. 21, no 3, 172-176 p.
Families, critical illness, diaries, PTSD-related symptoms, memories, intervention, follow-up, rehabilitation
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70482DOI: 10.4037/ajcc2012569ISI: 000310641300011PubMedID: 22549573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70482DiVA: diva2:439852
The article originial title before publishing on line was Intensive Care diaries reduce PTSD-related symptom levels in relatives following critical illness: a pilot study.2011-09-092011-09-092015-10-12Bibliographically approved