The overall plan for this study is to conduct qualitative interviews among 40 family members of patients who have been hospitalized in a coma. Subjects for this study will be recruited by local site P.I.s from intensive care units at the following 18 U.S. centers:
All interviews will be conducted virtually via video conferencing by study staff at the Yale School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. All study activities following the interviews, including data analysis and manuscript writing, will take place at the Yale School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. We expect this study to be completed by December 31, 2021.
Hypothesis, Aims, purpose, or objectives and Background:
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The purpose of this study is to conduct semi-structured qualitative interviews with caregivers of severely acute brain-injured, incapacitated patients in order to understand specific aspects of their caregiving experience (i.e., emotional coping styles, expectations and understanding of illness, challenges, perceptions of caregiving) and gather information about their preferences for a future psychosocial support intervention (e.g., content, delivery mode [in person vs. secure live video mode], timing). Data from these qualitative interviews will be used to help develop a resiliency-based psychosocial support intervention for caregivers in the future.