Opportunities - Patient Important Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the ICU

Patient Important Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the ICU

University of Calgary



The Calgary Critical Care Research Network will be conducting focus groups on patient and family perceptions of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in the intensive care unit (ICU). We are looking for former ICU patients and family members to share their thoughts. It is not necessary to know anything about GI bleeding to participate.


Patients in the ICU are prone to ulceration of their upper GI tract due to risk factors associated with their critical illness. To prevent this from happening, acid suppression medications are commonly prescribed in the ICU.


While stress-related ulceration may be very common, actual GI bleeding from the lining of the upper GI tract is less common. Some features of bleeding are considered serious by healthcare workers, and such bleeding is called “clinically important GI bleeding”. Studies suggest that views of patients and families can differ from that of clinicians when it comes to what type of medical events and treatments are important. Although “clinically important GI bleeding” is widely accepted by healthcare workers, it does not take into consideration what patients or families would consider to be important.


We seek to understand “patient important bleeding” through this study.  This proposal aims to engage previous ICU patients and families to understand what they are most concerned about with upper GI bleeds.


The results of this study will inform the definition of a secondary outcome which we will call “patient important bleeding”, for an ongoing international randomized trial called Re-Evaluating the Inhibition of Stress Erosions (REVISE), and is funded by the Canadian government.


Roles and Responsibilities    

This participant opportunity is looking for former patients and family members with lived experience of ICU. It is not necessary to know anything about GI bleeding to participate. You will learn more about it in this study.

Participants will be asked to join in an online focus group on GI bleeding. This focus group will be conducted through Zoom. A presentation will be provided to you before focus group discussion. The presentation will take approximately 20-25 minutes. A facilitator will be guiding and moderating the discussion and will ask the group several questions about their perceptions around GI bleeding.

We want to hear from everyone and will strive to make it a safe environment so that everyone’s opinions and voices are heard and respected.


If you have friends or family members that have experience either as an ICU patient or as a caregiver (family or friend) of an ICU patient, feel free to pass this invitation along to them. They can also participate.


Time Commitment

A presentation will be provided to be reviewed before the focus group.

There will be one scheduled focus group with an expected time commitment of approximately 2 hours including the presentation. An effort will be made to accommodate everybody's schedule.



As a thank you for participating in this study, you will also receive a $50 gift card for volunteering your time.



For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact

Carmen Hiploylee