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Psychological wellbeing in survivors of cardiac arrest, and its relationship to neurocognitive function



Megan Rhys

Sarah Voss
Professor of Emergency and Critical Care

Rosemary Greenwood

Matthew Thomas

Jonathan R. Benger


© 2016 Objective To characterise psychological wellbeing in survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and examine its relationship to cognitive function. Patients Forty-one highly functioning cardiac arrest survivors were drawn from the follow-up cohort of a randomised controlled trial of initial airway management in OHCA (ISRCTN:18528625). Design Psychological wellbeing was assessed with a self-report questionnaire (the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale; DASS) and cognitive function was examined using the Delayed Matching to Samples (DMS) test from the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB). Results Mean anxiety levels were significantly higher in this patient group than normative data drawn from the general population (p=0.046). Multiple regression analyses showed that cognitive function, measured by the DMS, did not predict any of the DASS scales. Conclusions Anxiety plays an important role in determining perceived QoL in high functioning survivors, but psychological wellbeing is unrelated to cognitive function in this group. To achieve a comprehensive assessment of wellbeing, resuscitation research should consider outcomes beyond neurological function alone.


Davies, S. E., Rhys, M., Voss, S., Greenwood, R., Thomas, M., & Benger, J. R. (2017). Psychological wellbeing in survivors of cardiac arrest, and its relationship to neurocognitive function. Resuscitation, 111, 22-25.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 24, 2016
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Journal Resuscitation
Print ISSN 0300-9572
Electronic ISSN 1873-1570
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 111
Pages 22-25
Keywords death, sudden, cardiac, quality of life, anxiety
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