Washington: Women are more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress than men after leaving an intensive care unit (ICU), according to a new study.However, psychological and physical `follow-up` can reduce both this and post-ICU depression.Patients in the ICU often suffer post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression due, not only to the illness or trauma that put them there, but to the very nature of the ICU and life-saving treatment.As a result, follow-up schemes have been put in to place to help alleviate these psychological problems.Researchers from the Karolinska University Hospital Solna and the Karolinska Institutet compared patient`s recovery from 2006, before a follow-up scheme was started, with that of patients in 2007 and 2008.The scheme consisted of non-compulsory meetings at three, six and 12 months after being discharged from ICU with a nurse, physician and a physiotherapist, revisiting the ICU, and in severe cases being referred to a psychiatric unit for further therapy.
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