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Participation and support in intensive care as experienced by close relatives of patients: a phenomenological study.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9194-3244
2013 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 29, no 1Article 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 important 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 professionals, 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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2013. Vol. 29, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8327DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2012.04.002PubMedID: 22748280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8327DiVA: diva2:891354
Available from: 2016-01-06 Created: 2016-01-06 Last updated: 2016-01-06

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