Post Traumatic Stress Among Relatives of Brain-dead, Withdrawal of Life Support, and Sudden Death Patients

2015-04-07 09:23:22 | BioPortfolio


This study concerns the nearest relatives of patients who have passed away within 3 days of admission to an ICU due to: (1) brain death with multiple organ donation +/- tissues or (2) death via limitation and / or cessation of active treatment (LATA) without brain death or (3) sudden death of a previously healthy patient (no physical or mental limitations; MacCabe score = 0) within 3 days of admission to ICU without LATA nor brain death. Our primary objective is to determine the proportion of nearest relatives at risk for post traumatic stress disorder as defined by an Impact of Event Scale score greater than 37, and to compare this factor between the three above-mentioned groups.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic


IES-R and HDAS scores


Hôpital Beaujon -APHP




Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nīmes

Results (where available)

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A class of traumatic stress disorders that is characterized by the significant dissociative states seen immediately after overwhelming trauma. By definition it cannot last longer than 1 month, if it persists, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (STRESS DISORDERS, POST-TRAUMATIC) is more appropriate.

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