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INTRODUCTION We wished to obtain the experiences felt by patients during their ICU stay using an original questionnaire and to correlate the memories of those experiences with health-related quality of life (HR-QOL). METHODS We conducted a prospective study in 10 Portuguese intensive care units (ICUs). Six months after ICU discharge, an original(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) and study its determinants in adult patients discharged from an intensive care unit (ICU). DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING Intensive care unit (ICU), tertiary care hospital, Oporto, Portugal. PATIENTS Of all the patients discharged over a 2 year period, 355 were considered eligible and 275(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients recovering from critical illness have been shown to be at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). This study was to evaluate whether a prospectively collected diary of a patient's intensive care unit (ICU) stay when used during convalescence following critical illness will reduce the development of new onset PTSD. (More)
BACKGROUND Delirium (acute brain dysfunction) is a potentially life threatening disturbance in brain function that frequently occurs in critically ill patients. While this area of brain dysfunction in critical care is rapidly advancing, striking limitations in use of terminology related to delirium internationally are hindering cross-talk and collaborative(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the factual and delusional memories reported by intensive care unit survivors and its relationship with the development of Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS). DESIGN Multicenter observational cohort study. SETTING Nine Portuguese intensive care units, as part of a multicenter study. METHODS AND PATIENTS Between January and June(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective of the present study was to compare the health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) of survivors from severe sepsis and septic shock with HR-QoL in others who survived critical illness not involving sepsis. METHODS From March 1997 to March 2001, adult patients in an eight-bed medical/surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluation of outcome after cardiac arrest focuses mainly on survival. Survivors of cardiac arrest end up in different states of health and survival alone may not be a sensitive measure for successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). OBJECTIVES To evaluate health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) of cardiac arrest survivors with EQ-5D, a(More)
INTRODUCTION PIRO is a conceptual classification system in which a number of demographic, clinical, biological and laboratory variables are used to stratify patients with sepsis in categories with different outcomes, including mortality rates. OBJECTIVES To identify variables to be included in each component of PIRO aiming to improve the hospital(More)
BACKGROUND Neurological and cognitive sequelae resulting from cardiac arrest (CA), despite their potential personal and social impact, are usually not considered as major outcome measures in long-term analysis of survivors. The aim of this study is to analyze the contribution of neuropsychological testing and cerebral imaging to the development of a(More)