Patients and relatives

Have you or one of your friends or relatives been in intensive care?
Are you keen to find out more about intensive care?

This section is intended as an information resource for you, your friends or relatives. Use the menu on the left hand side to find out more about intensive care.

Personal experiences of intensive care
ICNARC believes that rigorous research into personal experiences of serious illness resulting in admission to intensive care is an important part of this work. Providing access to the experiences of patients, families and close friends who have already come to terms with the realities of intensive care (both during and after the patient stay) may help others.

ICNARC funded two DIPEx website modules investigating both patients' experiences and the experiences of family and close friends ( These modules also provide a valuable training resource for staff new to the intensive care unit.

DIPEx is a charity and research group based at the University of Oxford. The DIPEx website has won several high profile awards and commendations, regularly features in the media as an example of good information on the Internet and is a recommended resource for BBC health features.

The information set out within these pages is provided in good faith. No liability can be accepted by ICNARC for loss or expense as a result of using this information. ICNARC reserves the right to edit, delete or modify any information appearing on the website.