The POPPI Trial - results now published!



Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress and

The Journal of the American Medical Association


It is increasingly recognised that high numbers of critically ill patients develop longer-term psychological morbidity following a stay in the critical care unit. POPPI, carried out in 24 UK critical care units and which included 1,458 critically ill patients, set out to evaluate whether an early, nurse-led, preventive, complex psychological intervention reduces the development of patient-reported post-traumatic stress disorder symptom severity at six months.

We can confirm that the results of POPPI were presented by Professor Kathy Rowan on 18 February 2019 at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) 48th Annual Congress in San Diego, United States. Simultaneously, the results were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – the article can be viewed on the JAMA website at the following link:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2725208

POPPI - led by Professor Rowan as Chief Investigator - was funded by the National Institute for Health Research – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme and is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians from ICNARC, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We would like to say a big thanks to all of the patients who took their time to participate in this trial. We also thank our participating sites, and in particular our dedicated POPPI nurses, for their commitment and enthusiasm, without which this trial would not have been possible.

Published: 21 February 2019


POPPI was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme (project number: 12/64/124). The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HS&DR Programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

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