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Commentary on: Amass TH, Villa G, OMahony S, et al. Family care rituals in the ICU to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in family members—a multicenter, multinational, before-and-after intervention trial. Crit Care Med. 2020;48(2):176–84.
Implications for practice and research
Family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients require education about their loved one’s treatment, with information booklets being one suitable approach.
Further evidence, based on randomised controlled trials, is required to determine the best approach to family-support care involvement for patients admitted to ICU.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common occurrence among ICU patient family members. The causes of PTSD in this context are multifactorial, but can include the critical care environment, communication problems, abrupt decision-taking and anxiety caused by the potential death of loved one.1 …
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