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Psychological Symptoms of Family Members of High-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients

Author(s): Jennifer L. McAdam, RN, PhD, Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, Douglas B. White, MD, MAS, Kathleen A. Dracup, RN, DNSc, and Kathleen A. Puntillo, RN, DNS

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP B: 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2016

Topics: BehavioralPsychosocialFamilyCenteredCare

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Family members of patients in intensive care are at increased risk for psychological symptoms.


  • Discuss differences in caregivers’ levels of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression during and 3 months after experience in the intensive care unit.
  • Examine dynamics relating to caregivers’ experiences of anxiety and depression.
  • Discuss ways in which critical care nurses might alleviate caregivers’ stress and anxiety.

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