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Date:10/28/2008

m the illness compared with Caucasian respondents. African-Americans, however, tended to report lower illness comprehension compared with Caucasians. In addition, "being active in faith/church" was associated with a perception of less serious consequences, more confidence in treatments, and less emotional impact of critical illness.

#7085
RELATIVES OF ICU PATIENTS HANDLE STRESS BASED ON CULTURE
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Families of Indian origin experience a high prevalence of anxiety and depression related to loved ones being in the ICU. Researchers from Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston compared the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder in relatives of critically ill patients in the ICUs of a public hospital in India (n=47 relatives) and the United States (n=43 relatives). Anxiety and/or depression were more prevalent in relatives of Indian ICU patients (87.23 percent) than in a similar cohort in the US (18.6 percent). Researchers suggest that further studies correlating these responses to cultural, as well as patient-related, family-related, and ICU environment-related factors, can help ICU staff better understand these differences and provide improved targeted support and coping strategies to affected families.

#7087
BMI MAY PREDICT SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSIS IN CHILDREN
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Physicians may be reluctant to order overnight polysomnography studies in children because of the high cost of the examination or the anxiety that is induced by separating the child from his or her family. New research shows that body mass index (BMI) in children may predict whether they have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which would then warrant overnight polysomnography. Researchers from East Tennessee State University performed a retrospective review of 158 pediatric patients who were tested for OSA in a pediatric sleep lab. Of the patients, 129 had a positive test resu
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