Keeping a diary in intensive care halves the risk of post traumatic stress disorderBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5102 (Published 16 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5102
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Patients who have spent more than three days in intensive care are less likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if staff and relatives make a diary of their stay and go through it with them afterwards, a study has found.
Out of 162 patients randomised to review their diaries with a health professional one month after discharge from intensive care, just eight (5%) developed PTSD compared with 21 of 160 (13%) patients who did not review their stays with the help of a diary, shows the study published in the open access journal Critical Care …
Log in using your username and password
Log in through your institution
Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial