Perrins, Joan, King, Nigel and Collings, John (1998) Assessment of long-term psychological well-being following intensive care. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 14 (3). pp. 108-116. ISSN 0964-3397

The aim of this research, which remains in progress, has been the examination of long-term psychological consequences for survivors of intensive care. Seventy-two patients were followed up for 1 year, after discharge from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St James's University Hospital in Leeds. Major objectives of the study included assessment of patients' sense of well-being at specified intervals post-discharge, and identification of ICU-related variables which might influence psychological recovery. Psychometric assessments used were the General Health Questionnaire 28-item version, the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, and the Impact of Event scale. This paper describes findings from the research so far. An exploratory analysis of the data suggests that distinctions can be drawn among surviving patients with regard to psychological recovery, by way of variables such as type of illness, mode of admission and amount of recall. The work expands previous research into post-ICU psychology and quality of life, and should allow increased understanding of this patient group.

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