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What do patients rate as most important when cared for in the ICU and how often is this met?: an empowerment questionnaire survey
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Kalmar County Hospital, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9679-8461
Kalmar County Hospital, Sweden.
Linköping University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of critical care, ISSN 0883-9441, E-ISSN 1557-8615, Vol. 40, p. 83-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to explore what patients rate as being of the greatest importance and less important, when being cared for in the intensive care unit (ICU). The aim was also to examine the extent to which these topics are met.

In the Patient Empowerment Questionnaire (PEQ-ICU), patients were first asked to rate the importance of 28 items, and then how often those topics were met during their stay in the ICU.  

Having trust/confidence in staff, Receive visits from next of kin, Staff being positive to visitors, Receive pain relief, Staff showing human warmth, and Staff trying to strengthen my life spirit were the items that most patients evaluated as being of the greatest importance. The items Staff being positive to visitors, Receiving pain relief and Receive visits from next of kin, were the items most frequently considered as “always met”, while the items Have influence and Receive help to look forward were less often met.

It was found that there is a potential for improvement in helping the ICU patients to maintain contact with reality, remind them about their importance to someone or something, and what they could look forward to when becoming healthier and returning to ordinary life.

Highlights

  • Relationships and caring atmosphere were considered to be of greater importance than physical help and support.
  • Get visits from next of kin was found to be the second most important topic to ICU patients, after Have trust in staff.
  • ICU patients need help to get their life spirit strengthen e.g. by being reminded about what they could look forward to.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 40, p. 83-90
Keywords [en]
Assessment, Measurement, Patient needs, Patient experiences, Critical care, Questionnaire, Empowerment, Quality of care
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68204DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.03.004ISI: 000415204800016PubMedID: 28364679Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85020729942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68204DiVA, id: diva2:1147094
Note

Correction published in: Journal of Critical Care, 56: 324-324, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.10.009

Available from: 2017-10-04 Created: 2017-10-04 Last updated: 2020-04-23Bibliographically approved

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