Millions of patients each year survive a serious or life-threatening illness only to face an often painful and challenging course of recovery. In an effort to assist patients after an intensive care unit (ICU) discharge, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) launched the THRIVE Initiative. A key component of this initiative is the newly minted THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative, which has SCCM partnering with six inaugural sites to foster a network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. SCCM would like to formally congratulate all six grant awardee sites.
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin, Texas, USA
University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center – Seattle, Washington, USA
UC San Diego Medical Center – La Jolla, California, USA
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
NorthShore University HealthSystem – Evanston, Illinois, USA
Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The Collaborative, which will grow in subsequent years as additional sites are invited to participate, will enable the creation of face-to-face groups in which survivors offer each other mutual support and share solutions related to ICU recovery. The goal is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing the network. SCCM believes that ICU survivors have unique knowledge and skills that they can share with each other to help improve recovery. The THRIVE Initiative seeks to catalyze this sharing. In this fashion, SCCM hopes to rapidly advance the practice of peer-survivor support.
Learn more about the challenges faced by patients after ICU discharge by listening to this recent iCritical Care podcast.