Stressful Memory Assessment Checklist for the Intensive Care Unit

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Development and testing of a memory checklist for intensive care patients

Stressful or traumatic memories of an intensive care stay may lead to long-term psychological morbidity. Memory assessment is therefore essential to aid in the patients’ recovery process.
Acknowledging the large cohort of post ICU patients during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, a simple
tool for the evaluation of ICU memories is needed. The aim of this study was, therefore, to develop
and test the validity and reliability of a short stressful memory assessment checklist, including a
distress intensity rating scale, for intensive care survivors. The consecutive sample consisted of 309
patients attending an intensive care follow-up consultation in Sweden. A methodological design
was used consisting of four phases. The first three concerned construct and content validity and
resulted in a 15-item checklist of potential stressful memories with a Likert-type scale including five
response categories for distress intensity rating. To fill out the checklist, a median of 3 (2–3) minutes
was needed. A test–retest approach yielded weighted kappa values between 0.419 and 0.821 for 12
of the single items and just below 0.4 for the remaining three. In conclusion, the stressful memory
assessment checklist seems to be valid and reliable and can be used as a simple tool to evaluate the
impact of stressful ICU memories
Effective start/end date2017/03/012022/06/14