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Table 1 Patients' biographies and experiences of formal care

From: What patients think about ICU follow-up services: a qualitative study

Interview
number
Age
(years)
Sex ICU/HDU stay * Ward stay* ICU follow-up care*
IC01 41 F ICU: 11 days 2 weeks Regular appointments with clinical psychologist
IC02 60 M ICU: about 1 month 4 days Attended initial appointments, declined future appointments
IC03 66 M ICU: 5 weeks 5 weeks 1 appointment
IC04 46 F ICU: about 5 weeks
HDU: 1 week
Discharged after 1 week in HDU 2 appointments
IC05 40 F ICU: 22 days
HDU: 10 days
Just over a week 1 appointment
IC06 35 F ICU: 3 weeks
HDU: 36 hours
5 weeks 2 appointments and private counselling
IC07 60 M ICU: 7 months Ward: 1 month
Home: awaiting rehab
None at time of interview
IC08 50 M ICU: 10 days Readmitted in 2006 and died N/A
IC09 60 M ICU: 3 days 10 days No ICU follow-up
IC10 76 F ICU: about 1 week 1 week 1 appointment
IC12 23 F ICU: 21 days
HDU: 2 weeks
2 weeks Had been invited to attend 1st appointment
IC14 35 F ICU: 2 days 2 days, discharged herself Declined appointment
IC15 38 F ICU: 1 month, admitted 3 times in 2004 Several months on and off No ICU follow-up
IC16 67 M ICU: 8 weeks 3 weeks No ICU follow-up
IC17 30 M ICU: 12 days 2 weeks No ICU follow-up
IC18 62 M ICU: 18 days 5 weeks 2 appointments
IC21 72 M ICU: about 4 weeks 1 week No ICU follow-up
IC22 71 M ICU: 17 days A few days At least 1 appointment
IC23 54 M ICU: 17 days 2 weeks 1 appointment
IC24 44 F ICU: 5 weeks 2 weeks Physiotherapy referral after 1st appointment, GP referral for counselling
IC25 45 M ICU: 4 weeks 2 weeks 2/3 appointments
IC26 47 M ICU: 30 days 8 days No ICU follow-up
IC27 68 M ICU: 2 weeks
HDU: 2 weeks
Ward: 6 weeks;
Rehab: 2 weeks
1 appointment
IC28 46 M ICU: 7 weeks 4 weeks 1 appointment
IC29 47 F ICU: 2 weeks
HDU: 1 day
1 week 1 appointment, another expected
IC30 55 F ICU: 6 days
HDU: 5 days
Discharged after HDU 2 appointments
IC31 71 M ICU: 2 weeks 3 weeks At least one appointment
IC32 57 F ICU: 29 days Ward: 6 weeks
Rehab: 6 weeks
3 appointments
IC34 37 M ICU: 30 days total, admitted twice Several months At least one appointment
IC35 33 M ICU: 17 days Ward: 1 week
Rehab: 3 months
At least one appointment
IC36 67 F Could not remember   Awaiting 1st appointment
IC37 58 M ICU: 9 days 16 days At least 1 appointment
IC38 55 F ICU: 1 week 2 weeks 1 appointment
IC39 56 M ICU: 4 days 3 days No ICU follow-up
  1. *Participants did not always know if or when they had moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) to step-down or high-dependency unit (HDU) care. Some did not know or could not remember how long they had spent on a ward. Participants were also not always sure how many ICU follow-up appointments they had attended.
  2. F = female; M = male; N/A = not available; Rehab = rehabilitation.
  3. The missing interview numbers are those of patients that were elective admissions.
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