Serious COVID-19-ups Risk for PTSD in Family Members – Consumer Health News
Serious COVID-19-ups Risk for PTSD in Family Members – Consumer Health News

Serious COVID-19-ups Risk for PTSD in Family Members – Consumer Health News

FRIDAY, February 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Family members of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) experience a doubled risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms 90 days after ICU discharge compared to family members of patients with non-COVID-19 ARDS, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Journal of the American Medical Association.

Elie Azoulay, MD, Ph.D., of Paris University, and colleagues compared the association between patient admission for COVID-19 ARDS versus ARDS for other causes and the risk of PTSD-related symptoms in family members. The analysis included 602 family members and 307 patients (181 patients with COVID-19).

The researchers found that family members of patients with COVID-19 ARDS had a significantly higher incidence of symptoms of PTSD (35 versus 19 percent), symptoms of anxiety (41 versus 34 percent), and symptoms of depression (31 versus 18 percent) compared with family members of non-COVID-19 ARDS. COVID-19 ARDS was significantly associated with an increased risk of PTSD-related symptoms in family members when adjusted for age, gender, and level of social support (odds ratio, 2.05). Among surviving family members of patients who died of COVID-19, the prevalence of PTSD was almost twice as high as that of family members of survivors (62 versus 35 percent).

“The disruption produced by the pandemic could adversely affect post-ICU outcomes,” the authors write.

Several authors revealed economic connections to the pharmaceutical industry.

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