Ms. Tania Larsen, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON

Critical illness and its associated interventions create long-term physical, psychological and cognitive deficits that persist well beyond hospital discharge. It is becoming increasingly recognized that not only survivors of critical illness, but family members, can experience these persistent negative symptoms following discharge as well. This presentation will discuss the evolving role of family in critical care and highlight challenges associated with best supporting both patients and families during the process of recovery from critical illness.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • review the constellation of persistent negative symptoms associated with recovery from critical illness for both patients and families;
  • describe the emerging role of family in critical care medicine; and
  • highlight challenges associated with best supporting both patients and families during the process of recovery from critical illness.