Evaluation of a Web-Based Intervention to Promote Family Caregiver Engagement in Symptom Assessment and Management during Mechanical Ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit

Purpose: The purpose of this two-group pilot randomized control trial is to develop and test a web-based application, Intensive Care Unit-Caregiver Activation Response and Engagement (ICU-CARE). ICU-CARE provides a simulated learning environment to encourage family caregivers of mechanically ventilated patients to assess two patient symptoms, thirst and anxiety, and perform specific nonpharmacologic comfort measures to help alleviate patient symptom burden.