Cognitive therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder following critical illness and intensive care unit admission
Clark, David M
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Murray, H., Grey, N., Wild, J., Warnock-Parkes, E., Kerr, A., Clark, D., & Ehlers, A. (2020). Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following Critical Illness and Intensive Care Unit Admission. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 1-36.
Around a quarter of patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs) will develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Given the dramatic increase in ICU admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, post-ICU PTSD is a relevant concern at the time of writing. Post-ICU PTSD can present various challenges to clinicians, and no clinical guidelines have been published for delivering trauma-focused CBT with this population. In this article, we describe how to use cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD), a first line treatment for PTSD recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Using clinical case examples, we outline the key techniques involved in CT-PTSD, and describe their application to treating patients with PTSD following ICU.
This is an Accepted Manuscript for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist as part of the Cambridge Coronavirus Collection.
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