Course Title: CE 11: Cognitive Impairment after Critical Illness: An Unrecognized Public Health Hazard (Jackson)


Credit Hours: 1.5


Instructor(s) James Jackson


James Jackson, PsyD Co-Founder and Assistant Director of The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt Research Associate Professor, and Director of Long-Term Outcomes for the Critical Illness, Brain Injury, and Survivorship Center (CIBS Center) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
CE Workshop # 11: Cognitive Impairment after Critical Illness: An Unrecognized Public Health Hazard
Abstract & Learning Objectives: Cognitive impairment has been shown to occur in between 30% and 50% of survivors of serious critical illness, regardless of age, with deficits observed in diverse neuropsychological domains such as attention, executive functioning, language, memory, and processing speed, among others. This impairment – often unexpected by patients and their families - is highly disruptive and contributes to a wide array of adverse outcomes including depression, PTSD, and functional difficulties more generally. This course will review findings from nearly 2 decades of research on brain functioning in ICU survivors, focusing on potential causes of cognitive impairment after critical illness, common clinical expressions of such cognitive impairment (using case examples), and possible management and treatment strategies, all viewed thru the lens of lifespan development. Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • List the key potential causes of cognitive impairment during and after critical illness, with a focus on potentially modifiable and preventable causes
  • Describe strategies that can be employed clinically to improve cognitive outcomes in patients after critical illness
  • Discuss potential contributions to the study and understanding of post-critical illness related cognitive impairment that can be made by the discipline of neuropsychology
Speaker Biography: Dr. James Jackson, PsyD is the Co-Founder and Assistant Director of The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt, a Research Associate Professor, and the Director of Long-Term Outcomes for the Critical Illness, Brain Injury, and Survivorship Center (CIBS Center) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he focuses on the identification and treatment of cognitive impairment in survivors of intensive care. An NIH, VA, and DOD funded researcher, he is the author of over 120 publications in leading scientific journals and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many other prominent media venues.