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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Intensive Care Unit Survivors

  • J. Griffiths
  • A. M. Hull
  • B. H. Cuthbertson
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Abstract

Extended follow-up of survivors of intensive care unit (ICU) treatment has shown that many patients suffer long-term physical and psychological consequences that affect their quality of life [1]. One form of psychological morbidity, post-traumatic stress disorder, is increasingly reported in ICU survivors [2, 3, 4]. The aim of this chapter is to: (a) provide a brief summary of post-traumatic stress disorder and its diagnosis; (b) summarize existing research pertaining to ICU-related post-traumatic stress disorder and review the methodologies of the research; (c) provide an estimate of the prevalence of ICU-related post-traumatic stress disorder; (d) discuss the limitations of the current research into ICU-related post-traumatic stress disorder; and (e) provide a summary of potential risk factors for ICU-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

Keywords

Intensive Care Unit Discharge Intensive Care Unit Survivor Matic Stress Disorder Davidson Trauma Scale Intensive Care Unit Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Griffiths
    • 1
  • A. M. Hull
    • 2
  • B. H. Cuthbertson
    • 3
  1. 1.Nuffield Department of AnestheticsJohn Radcliffe HospitalOxfordUK
  2. 2.Consultant PsychiatristMurray Royal HospitalPerthUK
  3. 3.Health Services Research Unit, Health Sciences BuildingUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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