Keeping a diary in intensive care halves the risk of post traumatic stress disorder

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5102
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    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 …

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