Critical care patients have major health and financial problems 12 months after discharge, finds study

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3451
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Patients who have been treated in a high dependency unit for more than two days face serious social and medical problems 12 months after their discharge, a study has found.

Nearly three quarters (73%) of 293 patients who were surveyed said that they had moderate or severe pain a year after leaving hospital, and nearly half (44%) had significant anxiety or depression. About half of the patients had some problems with mobility 12 months after discharge that they didn’t have before they went to hospital.1

The patients had been …

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