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Counselling study in NHS Lothian

Counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care: the CONNECT study (NHS Lothian)

What is this study about?
A number of previous studies have shown that patients and family members can suffer from anxiety and depression (feeling low) after Intensive Care. Some also experience upsetting memories or “flashbacks”. Losing a loved one in Intensive Care can have similar effects. We would like to find out if counselling helps.

In this study, we will offer free confidential counselling to patients and family members after Intensive Care, including those who have lost a loved one. In order to find out if counselling is helpful, we will ask you to fill in some short questionnaires or to take part in an interview with an independent researcher. If you’d prefer not to do this, you can still take part in the counselling sessions.

What would be involved?
We will offer a minimum of six counselling sessions, and will offer more if you feel you need them. The counsellor is fully qualified and also has a background as a former Intensive Care nurse. Whatever you say during the sessions will be kept strictly between you and the counsellor. If you would like to take part, we will ask you to sign a consent form.

In order to find out if counselling is helpful, we will ask you to fill in some questionnaires before you start the counselling sessions, and at 6 and 12 weeks after the last one. If you’d rather not fill in these questionnaires, you can still take part in the counselling sessions.

We may also ask you to take part in a face to face interview with an independent researcher, so that we can find out how helpful the counselling sessions were and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve things for future patients and families. You would not ask you to tell us what you talked about during your counselling sessions, but you can do so if you wish. It is completely up to you whether or not you’d like to take part in this interview.

How can I found out more?
If you would like more information, you can contact our counsellor and/or leave a voicemail using the details below.

Louise Boardman (Counsellor)
Room GU 309
Chancellor’s Building
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
49, Little France Crescent
EH16 4SP
Mobile phone: 07549198575