Management of COVID-19 ICU-survivors in primary care: - a narrative review

BMC Fam Pract. 2021 Jul 24;22(1):160. doi: 10.1186/s12875-021-01464-2.


Many survivors of critical illness suffer from long-lasting physical, cognitive, and mental health sequelae. The number of affected patients is expected to markedly increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many ICU survivors receive long-term care from a primary care physician. Hence, awareness and appropriate management of these sequelae is crucial. An interdisciplinary authorship team participated in a narrative literature review to identify key issues in managing COVID-19 ICU-survivors in primary care. The aim of this perspective paper is to synthesize important literature to understand and manage sequelae of critical illness due to COVID-19 in the primary care setting.

Keywords: COVID-19; Post-intensive-care-syndrome; Primary care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare* / methods
  • COVID-19 / complications
  • COVID-19 / psychology
  • COVID-19 / therapy*
  • Critical Illness
  • Family Health
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Survivors