Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 30, Issue 11, pp 2009–2016

Research issues in the evaluation of cognitive impairment in intensive care unit survivors

Authors

    • Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, T-1218 Medical Center NorthVanderbilt University School of Medicine
    • Medical Center East Suite 6100Center for Health Services Research
    • Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Sharon M. Gordon
    • Medical Center East Suite 6100Center for Health Services Research
    • Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
    • Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • E. Wesley Ely
    • Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, T-1218 Medical Center NorthVanderbilt University School of Medicine
    • Medical Center East Suite 6100Center for Health Services Research
    • Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
  • Candice Burger
    • Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Ramona O. Hopkins
    • Psychology Department and Neuroscience CenterBrigham Young University
    • Department of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care DivisionsLDS Hospital
Review

DOI: 10.1007/s00134-004-2422-2

Cite this article as:
Jackson, J.C., Gordon, S.M., Ely, E.W. et al. Intensive Care Med (2004) 30: 2009. doi:10.1007/s00134-004-2422-2

Abstract

Neuropsychological assessment has been utilized extensively in the research of cognitive outcomes associated with medical illnesses, such as HIV, and post-surgical procedures, such as coronary artery bypass graft. However, few investigations of intensive care unit (ICU) survivors have examined cognitive function as a clinical outcome. Significant clinical questions exist regarding the impact of critical illness on long-term cognitive function. Many of these questions can be systematically evaluated through the use of standardized neuropsychological assessment instruments within the context of well designed, prospective research trials. This review will provide information for clinical researchers interested in the study of neuropsychological outcomes in intensive care unit survivors ( a comparison article in this issue will address clinical issues related to cognitive functioning).

Keywords

Neuropsychological outcomesCritical illnessIntensive careCognitive impairment

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