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Relatives' experiences in intensive care--finding a place in a world of uncertainty.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17234418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the study was to explore and describe the experiences of relatives of critically ill patients in adult intensive care. A qualitative research design was chosen, using a Grounded Theory approach. In-depth interviews were conducted with four spouses and three parents in a Danish University Hospital. An overall process of fitting in was apparent, explaining how relatives tried to manoeuvre in a chaotic and scary situation. The relatives were clearly in turmoil, yet found ways of coping in the situation and developing adaptation ability. Three major strategies were identified: enduring uncertainty, putting self aside and forming personal cues. This explorative study points to relatives being vulnerable and resourceful at the same time, struggling to find a place, experiencing distance from the patient as well as from the professionals and uncertainty regarding what to expect and how to act in the ICU. The study is a contribution to understanding relatives' needs and strategies and to developing better communication and cooperation between nurses and the patients' relatives.
Anne Sophie Agård; Ingegerd Harder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-01-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Intensive & critical care nursing : the official journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0964-3397     ISO Abbreviation:  Intensive Crit Care Nurs     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-11     Completed Date:  2007-07-20     Revised Date:  2009-12-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211274     Medline TA:  Intensive Crit Care Nurs     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Skejby Sygehus, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark. <>
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Anxiety / prevention & control,  psychology
Attitude to Health*
Family / psychology*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Helping Behavior
Hospitals, University
Intensive Care / psychology*
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research
Professional-Family Relations
Prospective Studies
Qualitative Research
Comment In:
Aust Crit Care. 2007 Nov;20(4):146-8   [PMID:  17931880 ]

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