Objectives: To evaluate the hospital outcome and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adult patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in Barbados.
Methods: A prospective observational study was done in the medical and surgical intensive care units of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados, to evaluate the outcomes and HRQOL in adult patients. The acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) IV score was applied on admission to one hundred and fifty patients admitted to the intensive care units. The HRQOL was evaluated by using Short Form 36 (SF-36) in 63 survivors, three months after ICU discharge.
Conclusion: In this study, the SF-36 scores in all eight dimensions indicated that the HRQOL in the majority of the survivors was average or above average. There was a significant negative correlation between APACHE IV score and the SF-36 score.