Cognitive Behavioral Self Care App for Symptoms of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome-Family

Author(s): Amy Petrinec

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Research

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Family members of critically ill patients suffer symptoms of post-intensive care syndrome family (PICS-F), including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective nonpharmacological treatment for many psychological symptoms. We present findings of a pilot study examining the efficacy of smartphone app delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy on the severity of PICS-F symptoms in family members of critically ill patients.


  • Define PICS-F, its component symptoms and the population at risk for developing the syndrome.
  • Describe the importance of supporting family members at risk or suffering from symptoms of PICS-F.
  • Interpret the potential utility of a smartphone self-care app for diminishing the symptoms of PICS-F.

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