Having a loved one in the ICU: the forgotten family

@article{Schmidt2012HavingAL,
  title={Having a loved one in the ICU: the forgotten family},
  author={Matthieu Schmidt and {\'E}lie Azoulay},
  journal={Current Opinion in Critical Care},
  year={2012},
  volume={18},
  pages={540–547}
}
Purpose of reviewAn appreciation of the post-ICU burden for family members, as well as the ways to prevent and minimize their symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Recent findingsThe long-term consequences of critical illness are growing in importance as the aging population increases its demand for critical care, and as the short-term mortality after critical illness decreases. Recently, postintensive care syndrome family was proposed as a new term for this cluster of psychological… 

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