The project was funded by the Research Promotion Foundation and lasted 24 months (2004-2007).
Aims of the research were a longitudinal study of the family adjustment and the intervention planning for sudden-serious patient injury followed by the admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The participants were relatives of patients who were listed in the Intensive Care Unit after sudden-serious injury as a result of a road traffic accident.
The main conclusions of the research were:
1. Completion of a demanding set of psychological self-report tools in a highly sensitive period for relatives -as the injury of a family member- is a difficult but feasible procedure, both in acute and chronic phase.
2. The phenomenon of a normal or resistant image of the relatives of Cypriot patients, as a group, contrasts to the worldwide bibliography with so far unknown causes.
3. The acceptance, design and the positive repositioning of things were the most commonly used adjustment mechanisms in the studied population.
4. Everyone is able to distinguish a subgroup of high-risk relatives, which is using the main protective mechanisms in less tension and is characterized by higher values of psychopathology indicators and lowest values of quality life indicators.
The cooperation network established by having as concessionaire the Intensive Care Unit of Nicosia General Hospital and as collaborating institutions the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus, the University of Crete, the Nursing School of Cyprus and Cyprus Police.