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ICU StoryWeb – Sharing Stories about ICU Treatment Decisions

ICU StoryWeb is a new interactive, web-based tool designed to help people share their stories about making decisions related to life-sustaining treatment for family members and friends in the ICU. 

ICU StoryWeb involves three components: 

  1. Users can listen to other people’s stories. Listening to stories helps normalize feelings. 
  2. Users can share their own stories. A downloadable storytelling kit guides them to record their story using a cellphone recording or by journaling. Sharing stories about traumatic events is known to reduce post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. 
  3. Users can connect to grief support resources and storytelling events in their region.


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