Intensive Care Unit

Clinicians' evaluation and management of mental health, substance abuse, and chronic pain conditions in the intensive care unit.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe clinicians' evaluation and management of co-existing mental health, substance abuse (MHSA), and chronic pain (CP) conditions in patients with prolonged critical illness. Little is known about the evaluation and management of these conditions in the intensive care unit, and practice guidelines do not address management in the context of critical illness, optimal sedation/analgesia, or ventilator weaning.
DESIGN: Longitudinal qualitative description.
SETTING: Intensive care unit of an urban academic medical center.

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