February 12, 2020

Quantifying quality of life in ICU survivors

icTV interview with Professor Anders Perner, Senior staff specialist in Intensive Care Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen, Denmark)


More and more patients are surviving ICU, but many suffer from mental and physical problems and PTSD, according to Prof. Anders Perner, and any interventions should measure markers of these outcomes.

Measuring the quality of life of many different patients in different countries will be increasingly important information to survivors in the future. We have to involve patients more to be able to learn about survivors and to understand their expectations.

Long-term follow-up using generic health-related quality of life tools is routinely done. This needs to be equated and analysed in clinical practice, but it is a challenge, as there are currently no ICU-specific tools to do this. This is something that needs to be explored.

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