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Understanding and Managing Anxiety Sensitivity During Critical Illness and Long-term Recovery

Author(s): Leanne M. Boehm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Claire M. Bird, PhD, Ann Marie Warren, PhD, Valerie Danesh, PhD, RN, Megan M. Hosey, PhD, Joanne McPeake, PhD, MSc, BN(Hons), Kelly M. Potter, PhD, RN, Han Su, PhD, RN, Tammy L. Eaton, PhD, MSc, RN, FNP-C, and Mark B. Powers, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Delirium, Medication Management

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This article facilitates an understanding of anxiety sensitivity, its implications in critical care, and strategies to manage and support patients with anxiety sensitivity.


  • Describe anxiety sensitivity and its impact on critical care patients, including avoidance behaviors and influence on health outcomes.
  • Describe four key factors contributing to the etiology of anxiety sensitivity and the relationship to comorbid mental health conditions.
  • Describe effective strategies for managing anxiety sensitivity in critical care practice.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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