ICU Patients May Face Increased Risk Of Mental Health Problems After Discharge

HealthDay (3/19, Norton) reports that according to a study published March 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “critically ill people who survive a stay in the intensive care unit face a heightened risk of mental health problems in the months after hospital discharge.” The study of some 24,000 ICU patients in Denmark revealed that “after discharge, people had an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety disorders or other psychiatric conditions.” The risk rate “was 22 times the rate seen in the general population over the same time period.”

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— “ICU Patients May Face Mental Health Issues After Discharge,” Amy Norton, HealthDay, March 18, 2014.

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