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June 28, 2016

The Challenging Task of Improving the Recovery of ICU Survivors

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2016;315(24):2671-2672. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7211

Survivors of critical illness encounter a variety of challenges, even after the acute illness has resolved. Observational studies have documented physical, cognitive,1 and mental2 impairments affecting survivors after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). As these data have accumulated, clinicians have sought to better understand what is now called “post-ICU syndrome”3 and to develop interventions both during and after the ICU stay to attenuate the effects.

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