Much research has been done in the past few years on post–intensive care syndrome (PICS) and its impact on survivors of the intensive care unit (ICU). This syndrome affects not only patients but their caregivers as well, and it leads to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Because this is a relatively new area of research, interventions to help address PICS are limited, and those that have been implemented are not yet well studied. Peer support groups have been proposed as a potential intervention to help mitigate the effects of PICS for patients and their caregivers. The problem with a peer support group, however, is that people must come to it for it to be effective.

With the support of other nurse practitioners within my group as well as representatives from social work and pastoral care, we aimed to start...

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