Critical Care

, 12:P507 | Cite as

Quality of life 4 months after ICU discharge

  • F Baldwin
  • O Boyd
  • D Hinge
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Keywords

Adult Patient Young Patient Emergency Medicine Demographic Data Illness Severity 

Introduction

Assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the Short Form-36 (SF-36) has been recommended and used in the ICU, particularly in subpopulations of ICU survivors [1]. We assessed the HRQOL of general ICU survivors at 4 months post discharge and investigated any correlation with age, illness severity and hospital or ICU length of stay (LOS).

Methods

Following ethical approval, from November 2004 to October 2005 all adult patients admitted for level 3 care for longer than 48 hours to a 16-bed university hospital general ICU were identified. Those surviving to 4 months post ICU discharge were sent a questionnaire that included the SF-36 to complete. Standard outcome and demographic data were also collected.

Results

Eighty-six questionnaires were returned, 65 allowed calculation of mental and physical summary components. Results were compared (t test) between the lower 50% and higher 50% of patients for each discriminator (P < 0.05 = significant). See Table 1.
Table 1

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Discriminator

Age (years)

APACHE II score

ICU LOS

Hospital LOS

Mental summary component

Mean below median value

39.32*

44.04

42.12

44.99

 

Mean above median value

46.78

42.21

44.07

41.28

Physical summary component

Mean below median value

35.04

35.85

36.08

39.31*

 

Mean above median value

36.36

35.60

35.35

32.22

*Significant at P < 0.05.

Conclusion

At 4 months after ICU discharge, the more elderly have significantly higher psychological HRQOL as compared with younger patients. Prolonged hospital LOS is associated with a persisting significant reduction in the physical domains of HRQOL.

References

  1. 1.
    Angus DC, Carlet J: Surviving intensive care: a report from the 2002 Brussels Roundtable. Intensive Care Med 2003, 29: 368-377.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© BioMed Central Ltd 2008

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

Authors and Affiliations

  • F Baldwin
    • 1
  • O Boyd
    • 1
  • D Hinge
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Sussex County HospitalBrightonUK

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