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Participation and support in intensive care as experienced by close relatives of patients: A phenomenological study
Skaraborg Hospital.
Skaraborg Hospital.
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för vård och natur.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9194-3244
2013 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 29, no 1, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore participation and support as experienced by close relatives of patients at an intensive care unit (ICU).

Method: This study used the phenomenological approach as developed by Dahlberg et al. (2008) as a method for reflective lifeworld research. Seven close relatives of critically ill patients cared for at an ICU were interviewed. The data were analysed with a focus on meanings.

Results: Being allowed to participate in the care of critically ill patients at an ICU is impor-tant for close relatives to the patients. Their experiences can be described as having four constituents: participation in the care of and being close to the patient; confidence in the care the patient receives; support needed for involvement in caregiving; and vulnerability.

Conclusion: Participation with and support from health-care professionals are important for the relatives’ well-being and their ability to contribute to the patients’ care. Health-care profes-sionals, especially critical care nurses, need to create an atmosphere that invites relatives to participate in the care provided at an ICU.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 29, no 1, 1-8 p.
Keyword [en]
Relatives; Families; Qualitative; Interviews; Nursing
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Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-21465DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2012.04.002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84870410723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-21465DiVA: diva2:648590
Available from: 2012-10-15 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2013-11-29Bibliographically approved

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