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Returning home after intensive care: a comparison of symptoms of anxiety and depression in ICU and elective cardiac surgery patients and their relatives



Returning home after intensive care: a comparison of symptoms of anxiety and depression in ICU and elective cardiac surgery patients and their relatives



Intensive Care Medicine 31(1): 86-91



This study gathered data on symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients and relatives after discharge from intensive care and examined whether the intensive care population differ from an elective cardiac surgery group with regards to their anxiety and depression symptom reporting. A single measurement point matched group comparison study in an ICU follow-up programme. Twenty ICU patients and their relatives and a matched comparison group of 15 elective cardiac surgery patients and their relatives. Patients and relatives completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Relatives answered an open question to explore the perceived impact of Intensive care/cardiac surgery on their lives. ICU patients' relatives reported significantly higher number of symptoms of anxiety than did ICU patients, higher number of symptoms of depression than cardiac surgery patients' relatives, and more troubling and life-altering experiences than the relatives of cardiac surgery patients. Relatives of ICU patients also suffer anxiety and depression, and services should address this need. Group differences suggest that ICU patients' relatives have "unique" characteristics of depression symptom reporting.

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Accession: 050211356

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PMID: 15565363

DOI: 10.1007/s00134-004-2495-y


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