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Patients’ experiences of intensive care and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2414

Intensive delirium

“Throughout the interviews we found an overwhelming sense of complete bewilderment and fear expressed in nightmares, altered realities and false explanations,” said Lisa Hinton, who helped to record the experiences of patients admitted to intensive care units around the UK. The study was carried out with colleagues in the Health Experiences Research Group at Oxford University and is reported in PLoS One (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153775). But for a direct flavour of these patients’ experiences its best to go to their healthtalk website: a model for making experiences of illness real (

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