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Critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation had a higher prevalence of prior psychiatric diagnoses and an increased risk of a new psychiatric diagnosis and medication use after hospital discharge, according to a study based in Denmark.

With recent advances in medical care, more patients are surviving critical illness, according to background information in the study, which was published in the March 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Critically ill patients are exposed to stress, including pain, respiratory distress and delirium, all of which may impact subsequent mental health. The extent of psychiatric illness prior to critical illness and the magnitude of increased risk of psychiatric illness following critical illness have been unclear.

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