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Name of Media:

ICU trauma probe: Psychiatrist studies triggers of mental illness in patients


Zipo-zenkosi Ncokazi

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Type of Media:

Newspaper Article

Media Originally for:

General Public

Country of Origin:

South Africa

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



Psychiatrists call it post-ICU syndrome, or the development of mental illness after admission to an intensive care unit, which is common in patients around the world.

“In addition to the experience of going into ICU, SA patients live in a society with high levels of crime and trauma and many of us have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” said Dr Sarah Boshoff, a psychiatry registrar studying the triggers of PTSD in ICUs.

Boshoff is involved in research that stems from a larger cohort study which Dr Elizabeth van der Merwe is conducting at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

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