Accompanying critically ill relatives in emergency departments

Redley, Bernice, Beanland, C. and Botti, Mari 2003, Accompanying critically ill relatives in emergency departments, Journal of advanced nursing, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 88-98, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02771.x.

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Title Accompanying critically ill relatives in emergency departments
Author(s) Redley, BerniceORCID iD for Redley, Bernice
Beanland, C.
Botti, MariORCID iD for Botti, Mari
Journal name Journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 44
Issue number 1
Start page 88
End page 98
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2003-09-03
ISSN 0309-2402
Keyword(s) family needs
critical illness
systematic review
emergency department
research methodology
Summary Background. Family members are a crucial part of the holistic approach to care in emergency departments. In particular, they are a group who are vulnerable, yet have been overlooked when considering care options.

Aim. The primary aim of this systematic review was to appraise research relevant to identifying and meeting the needs of family members who accompany a critically ill person into the Emergency Department (ED). The information was intended to inform future research into the care of these people.

Method. A quality assessment strategy was specifically developed to evaluate the various research designs used. The outcomes of the highest quality studies were used to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to inform clinicians caring for family members who accompany a critically ill person into the ED.

Results. Recommendations for family care drawn from this review provide the foundation for more rigorous methodologies in future research into this topic. Key findings concern family needs for communication, proximity, support, comfort, assurance and to locate meaning in the event.

Conclusion. The review has revealed current knowledge about the care of family members who accompany a critically ill person into the ED that provides guidelines for practice. Despite significant limitations, the knowledge can lead to recommendation to guide and inform future intervention research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02771.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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