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Crit Care. 2013 May 29;17(3):R101. doi: 10.1186/cc12746.

Chronic pain in survivors of critical illness: a retrospective analysis of incidence and risk factors.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Chronic pain has been reported in survivors of critical illness for many years after discharge from hospital. This study investigates the incidence and site of chronic pain in survivors of critical illness between 6 months and 1 year after hospitalization, including ICU admission. A retrospective analysis of the risk factors for chronic pain in this patient group was also completed.

METHODS:

A questionnaire method was used to investigate the incidence of chronic pain and the specific body parts affected. A retrospective study and multivariable analysis were used to investigate the risk factors for chronic pain in this patient group. All survivors of a general intensive care unit (ICU) in South Wales in a 6-month period were included in this study.

RESULTS:

Chronic pain was reported in 44% of all respondents. The shoulder was the most commonly reported joint affected by pain (22%). Risk factors for chronic pain between 6 months and 1 year after ICU discharge were increasing patient age and severe sepsis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Chronic pain is a problem in survivors of critical illness, especially in the shoulder joint, and further studies are needed investigating therapeutic interventions that address this long-term problem.

PMID:
23718685
PMCID:
PMC4057262
DOI:
10.1186/cc12746
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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