Each year, almost 6 million Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for management of a life-threatening, critical illness. The trauma of witnessing a loved one endure critical illness predisposes patients’ family members to post–intensive care syndrome–family (PICS-F), a cluster of negative psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, and complicated grief. PICS-F can reduce family members’ quality of life and subsequently impede patients’ recovery. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a first-line nonpharmacological treatment for a number of psychological conditions, including the symptoms encompassed by PICS-F. As smartphone technology continues to expand, mobile health apps have emerged as a promising modality to enhance users’ confidence in their ability to manage their mental health. However, the effectiveness of such apps has not been examined among family members of critically ill patients. Therefore, the authors examined the feasibility of using a CBT...

You do not currently have access to this content.