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Title: Psychological support improves outcomes of critically ill patients
Authors: Papathanassoglou, Elizabeth 
Keywords: Pathogenetic factors;Critical illness;Patient outcomes;Stress
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2011
Publisher: PanGlobal Media
Source: International Journal of Hospital Equipment, 2011
Abstract: Because of the hormonal, inflammatory and neuroendocrine responses they elicit, stress and negative emotions are potent pathogenetic factors in critical illness and are linked to increased morbidity and mortality. Research evidence shows that psychological support intervention, including guided relaxation and imagery techniques, can result in significant improvements in patient outcomes, vital signs and decrease pain, anxiety, complications and length of stay. Therefore, support interventions in critical care need to be investigated and in future should be vigorously implemented.
Type: Article
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