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Risk of Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms in Family Members of Intensive Care Unit Patients
Elie Azoulay, Fre ́de ́ric Pochard, Nancy Kentish-Barnes, Sylvie Chevret, Je ́roˆme Aboab, Christophe Adrie,Djilali Annane, Ge ́rard Bleichner, Pierre Edouard Bollaert, Michael Darmon, Thomas Fassier,Richard Galliot, Maite ́Garrouste-Orgeas, Cyril Goulenok, Dany Goldgran-Toledano, Jan Hayon,Merce ́Jourdain, Michel Kaidomar, Christian Laplace, Je ́roˆme Larche ́,Je ́roˆme Liotier, Laurent Papazian,Catherine Poisson, Jean Reignier, Fayc ̧al Saidi, and Benoıˆt Schlemmer
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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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Critical Care Physicians, Former ICU Patients' Family Members, Friends or Caregivers, General Public, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
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Post Intensive Care Syndrome for Families (PICS-F)
Main results: Interviews were obtained for family members of 284 (62%) of the 459 eligible patients. Post-traumatic stress symptoms consistent with a moderate to major risk of PTSD were found in 94 (33.1%) family members. Higher rates were noted among family members who felt information was incomplete in the ICU (48.4%), who shared in decision making (47.8%), whose relative died in the ICU (50%), whose relative died after end-of-life decisions (60%), and who shared in end-of-life decisions (81.8%). Severe post-traumatic stress reaction was associated with increased rates of anxiety and depression and decreased quality of life. Conclusion: Post-traumatic stress reaction consistent with a high risk of PTSD is common in family members of ICU patients and is the rule among those who share in end-of-life decisions.
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