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The prevalence of long-term mental health symptoms in the family members of COVID-19 ICU survivors is unknown and may differ from the prevalence rate in the family members of non-COVID-19 ICU survivors, given the pandemic circumstances.
A better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 ICU admission on family members is needed to provide adequate support during and after the ICU stay.
Therefore, the prevalence of mental health symptoms and quality of life in family members of COVID-19 ICU survivors 3 and 12 months after ICU admission was evaluated in the first study ever done.
Risk factors associated with mental health symptoms were also explored.
In the following podcast episode, listen to Dr Hidde Heesakkers going into details about such a study.