Project Summary

Our project addresses one of the pressing issues of intensive care unit medicine—improving the lives of post-ICU patients. Research has documented deficits faced by survivors of intensive care, specifically neurocognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. These long-lasting disabilities present an important and prevalent public health concern. Although clinicians are increasingly aware of the challenges that ICU survivors face, they do not frequently discuss this with patients or families. As a result, patients often face a bewildering number of care transitions—from hospitals to long-term care to nursing facilities—without a road map or community. Furthermore, there is little research that investigates which outcomes are important to ICU survivors and their families, or how to change care with these outcomes in mind. To better understand and ultimately improve these outcomes, we established a group of patients, researchers, and healthcare stakeholders known as After the ICU.

During the Tier I and Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award periods, After the ICU has engaged a diverse population of patients who have survived critical illness, caregivers, different healthcare providers, and researchers and used their experiences to explore where major problems in post-ICU care exist. In Tier III, we will work with our broader stakeholder group to select the highest-priority CER question, which we will develop into a research proposal. We will also continue to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing ones, to provide us with the research infrastructure and expertise to take our proposal to a study with the power to change care for ICU survivors.

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Project Information

Daniela Lamas, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Pulmonary and Critical Care Department

Key Dates

12 months


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Last updated: November 10, 2022