Volume 2 Supplement 1
Quality of life of long term ICU patients at 6 months after hospital discharge
© Current Science Ltd 1998
Published: 1 March 1998
to assess the quality of life (QOL) of hospital survivors who stayed at the medical ICU >3 days at 6 months after hospital discharge.
Patients and methods
Questionnaire of American Association for Respiratory Care (QAARC: 7 items, scale: min 1, max 7 points) was mailed to patients admitted to the ICU in 1995 who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. QAARC of the patients was compared to QAARC of local population. Statistics: means ± SD, Student's t-test; P < 0.05 considered significant.
At least 56% of hospital survivors of long term medical ICU care survive and have acceptable quality of life at 6 months after hospital discharge.