Outcomes for patients and families after critical illness

Professor Margaret Herridge

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Lecture overview

Survivors of critical illness are left with myriad morbidities including neuromuscular and neurocognitive dysfunction, serious mood disorders and diverse medical problems. Morbidities contribute to functional disability, significant healthcare use, inability to live independently or return to work, and compromised quality of life. Family caregivers of ICU survivors also experience a traumatic life event, suffering the burden of complex care that may precipitate their own severe mood disorders and also compromise their health and well-being.

An understanding of these outcomes is essential to optimize care during the critical illness and beyond to mitigate these consequences for patients and families.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Understand the physical consequence of critical illness
  2. Learn about the mood disorders affecting patients and families after critical illness
  3. Discuss the pattern of healthcare utilization for patients after critical illness
  4. Understand the differential responses to muscle injury and repair

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Hour, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Prof. Margaret Herridge

Dr. Maragret S. Herridge is Professor of Medicine, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine at the University Health Network; Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Institute; Director of Research for the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto.

She obtained her MD from Queen’s University at Kingston, completed her clinical training in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, and obtained her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Since 1997, her group has completed 3 cohort studies: 5-year outcomes in survivors of ARDS (co-PI Angela Cheung); 1-year outcomes of survivors of SARS (co-PI Catherine Tansey PhD); 2-year outcomes in patients after 7 days of mechanical ventilation and their family caregivers (co-PI RECOVER Program Phase 1 – Jill Cameron PhD).

Dr. Herridge is currently Director of the RECOVER Clinical and Research Programme for patients-and family-centred follow-up care after critical illness, conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Critical Care Trials group (CCCTG). Dr Herridge has authored or co-authored over 150 manuscripts and book chapters on topics related to outcomes after critical illness in patients and family caregivers and is the co-editor of the textbook of post-ICU medicine with co-editors Drs. Stevens and Hart. She has published 2 editorials and 3 manuscripts in the New England Journal of Medicine on outcomes after ARDS and family caregivers after prolonged mechanical ventilation and is a frequent international speaker on outcomes after critical illness.


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