Self-Care Mental Health App Intervention for Post–Intensive Care Syndrome–Family: A Randomized Pilot Study

Author(s): Amy B. Petrinec, PhD, RN, Cindy Wilk, MSN, RN, Joel W. Hughes, PhD, Melissa D. Zullo, PhD, MPH, MA, and Richard L. George, MD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Technology

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Post–intensive care syndrome–family (PICS-F) is a constellation of adverse psychological symptoms experienced by family members of critically ill patients during and after acute illness. Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered using smartphone technology is a novel approach for PICS-F symptom self-management. Delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy to family members of critically ill patients via a smartphone app shows some efficacy in reducing PICS-F symptoms.


  • Describe the component symptoms and significance of post-intensive care syndrome-family
  • Identify the known risk-factors for post-intensive care syndrome-family
  • Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a self-care app for addressing post-intensive care syndrome-family

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