Quality of life after intensive care

Anaesthesia. 1990 Oct;45(10):808-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1990.tb14560.x.


An important aspect of effectiveness of intensive care services is change in the quality of life of survivors after critical illness. A questionnaire was complied using established methods for assessment of quality of life and sent to all known survivors of a regional intensive care unit. Each patient's quality of life was then quantified using disability categories. The results show that patients with a good premorbid quality of life suffered a significant decline after critical illness. Similar important decreases in quality of life were found in younger patients and trauma victims. Quality of life may be a valuable consideration in determining the appropriateness of intensive care management.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disabled Persons
  • Employment
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom