Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Family members’ experiences of waiting in intensive care: a concept analysis
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Department of Intensive Care Northern Älvsborg Hospital. (Vårdande i högteknologiska miljöer)
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. (Vårdande i högteknologiska miljöer)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0047-9723
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. (Vårdande i högteknologiska miljöer)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9828-961X
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM:

The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of family members' experience of waiting in an intensive care context using Rodgers' evolutionary method of concept analysis.

METHOD:

Systematic searches in CINAHL and PubMed retrieved 38 articles which illustrated the waiting experienced by family members in an intensive care context. Rodgers' evolutionary method of concept analysis was applied to the data.

FINDINGS:

In total, five elements of the concept were identified in the analysis. These were as follows: living in limbo; feeling helpless and powerless; hoping; enduring; and fearing the worst. Family members' vigilance regarding their relative proved to be a related concept, but vigilance does not share the same set of attributes. The consequences of waiting were often negative for the relatives and caused them suffering. The references show that the concept was manifested in different situations and in intensive care units (ICUs) with various types of specialties.

CONCLUSIONS:

The application of concept analysis has brought a deeper understanding and meaning to the experience of waiting among family members in an intensive care context. This may provide professionals with an awareness of how to take care of family members in this situation. The waiting is inevitable, but improved communication between the ICU staff and family members is necessary to reduce stress and alleviate the suffering of family members. It is important to acknowledge that waiting cannot be eliminated but family-centred care, including a friendly and welcoming hospital environment, can ease the burden of family members with a loved one in an ICU.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, 2019. p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
family members, waiting, intensive care, crit- ical care, Rodgers’ evolutionary method of concept analysis
National Category
Health Sciences
Research subject
Människan i vården
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21048DOI: 10.1111/scs.12660OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21048DiVA, id: diva2:1317132
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

The full text will be freely available from 2020-03-13 16:00
Available from 2020-03-13 16:00

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Lindahl, BeritFridh, Isabell

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Lindahl, BeritFridh, Isabell
By organisation
Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare
In the same journal
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 4 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf