The experiences of families of critically ill patients in Greece: A social constructionist grounded theory study

Plakas, Sotirios, Cant, Bob and Taket, Ann 2009, The experiences of families of critically ill patients in Greece: A social constructionist grounded theory study, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 10-20.

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Title The experiences of families of critically ill patients in Greece: A social constructionist grounded theory study
Author(s) Plakas, Sotirios
Cant, Bob
Taket, Ann
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 10
End page 20
Total pages 11
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 0964-3397
1532-4036
Keyword(s) critically ill
family
relatives
experiences
Summary Background: The experiences of patients’ families in intensive care units (ICUs) are of international concern. In Greece however, adequate attention has not been paid to this issue.

Objective: To explore the experiences of critical care patients’ families in Greece.

Setting: The intensive care units of 3 general district hospitals in the area of Athens, Greece.

Methodology
: The social constructionist version of grounded theory was used. In-depth interviews with 25 relatives of critically ill patients were carried out, and participant and non-participant observation was used to cross-validate the data obtained.

Results: Seven major categories were identified, with 32 components across all categories. The experiences of families revolved around the two core categories of “Intense Emotions” and “Vigilant Attendance”. The study conceptualised two new categories in this field, “Religiosity” and “Loss of Intimacy” and enhanced the category “Vigilant Attendance”. Three further categories were identified, namely “Caring”, “Dignity” and “Information”. The various interrelationships between the categories were also examined.

Conclusions
: The study has examined the experience of Greek patients’ families from a qualitative perspective and suggests that major changes need to be made in terms of management and support.
Notes Available online 19 May 2008
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017554

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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