A Study of the Feasibility of Early Psychological Support for the Critically Ill


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 16-000145
    NCT ID: NCT02739022
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 16-000145

About this study

The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility of a psychotherapeutic intervention for critically ill patients in intensive care units. The intervention is named Early Psychological Support for the Critically Ill (EPSCI).

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria

  • Critically ill adults admitted to the medical intensive care unit (ICU) and expected to stay >48 hours
  • Mechanically ventilated patients receiving vasopressors

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of
    • Dementia
    • Mental retardation 
    • Suicide attempt
    • Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia
    • Patients on comfort care
    • Non-English speaking

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Lioudmila Karnatovskaia, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Lioudmila Karnatovskaia M.D.



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