Psychological reactions to acute medical illness and critical care.

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The psychological stresses evoked by acute critical illness and intensive care in both patient and physician are examined and certain approaches proposed which, in our experience, can alleviate these stresses. Admittedly, these psychological concepts may appear inconsequential at first glance. We have found, however, that such intervention may facilitate the physician's efforts to provide appropriate care for his critically ill patients, including those who must die, without experiencing the psychological reactions--the guilt, shame, anguish, and despair--these patients typically arouse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978


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