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


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. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

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 the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Lioudmila Karnatovskaia, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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