Psychological Morbidity After Critical Illness

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Patients with critical illnesses face a number of severe psychic and physical stressors. Survivors often have long-term cognitive and physical impairments, as well as family, financial, and other stressors. These potential stressors increase the risk of psychiatric disturbances substantially. This chapter describes the burden of distress-related psychiatric morbidity in patients who survive critical illnesses, as well as risk factors for this morbidity. This knowledge serves as the motivation to develop new approaches that can ameliorate, or even prevent, long-term distress in survivors. The chapter also presents information about early attempts to reduce, prevent, and manage long-term psychological morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Care Psychology and Rehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780190077013
ISBN (Print)9780197604199
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • cognitive impairment
  • critical illness survivors
  • long-term psychological morbidity
  • physical impairment
  • psychiatric morbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Psychological Morbidity After Critical Illness'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this