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We are often told that a near-death experience is a life-changing event that changes the patient’s outlook on life.

But a new study has found that, contrary to popular belief, patients who come back from the brink of death a year later remain exactly the same.

In what is considered one of the first studies of its kind, experts followed 19 people after near death in an intensive care unit (ICU). Then follow them up after 12 months.

The researchers, whose results were published in the journal Critical Care, studied 126 patients who had been in five ICUs at the University of Liege in Belgium for more than a week.

Patients were admitted to the intensive care unit for several reasons, including respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, neurological, and metabolic diseases. Most of the respondents were hospitalized for surgical reasons.

They found that 15% of them – 19 people – had a near-death experience. Then these patients were studied further.

They were interviewed three to seven days after being discharged from the hospital and asked about their dissociative experiences, such as feeling disconnected from themselves. They were also asked about spiritual, religious and personal beliefs.

And although patients were initially interviewed, those who had NDEs were more prone to schizophrenic symptoms.

These feelings included feeling detached from oneself, experiencing little or no pain, feeling insecure about one’s identity, and increasing spiritual and personal well-being.

A year later, the researchers called them again to measure their quality of life.

The researchers wrote that no significant association with quality of life was found after this period, despite the fact that NDEs are generally considered transformative and may be associated with negative emotions.

Dr. Bruce Grayson, who developed the NDE scale that the researchers used in the study, defined NDEs as “very vivid and often life-changing experiences, often occurring under severe physiological conditions such as life-threatening trauma, cardiac arrest, or deep anesthesia.”

The results of intensive care studies differ from previous studies conducted over the past year.

And a 2022 study found that participants had significant differences in quality of life even 20 years after the initial events.

However, more research is needed to confirm these findings, the researchers write in Critical Care Results.

Source: Daily Mail

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