Aging and Post–Intensive Care Syndrome: A Critical Need for Geriatric Psychiatry

Sophia Wang, Duane Allen, You Na Kheir, Noll Campbell, Babar Khan

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Because of the aging of the intensive care unit (ICU) population and an improvement in survival rates after ICU hospitalization, an increasing number of older adults are suffering from long-term impairments because of critical illness, known as post–intensive care syndrome (PICS). This article focuses on PICS-related cognitive, psychological, and physical impairments and the impact of ICU hospitalization on families and caregivers. The authors also describe innovative models of care for PICS and what roles geriatric psychiatrists could play in the future of this rapidly growing population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-221
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Aging
  • caregiver stress
  • cognitive impairment
  • critical care illness
  • delirium
  • intensive care unit
  • post–intensive care syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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