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Families' experiences of their interactions with staff in an Australian intensive care unit (ICU): a qualitative study

Wong, Pauline, Liamputtong, Pranee, Koch, Susan and Rawson, Helen 2015, Families' experiences of their interactions with staff in an Australian intensive care unit (ICU): a qualitative study, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 51-63, doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.06.005.

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Title Families' experiences of their interactions with staff in an Australian intensive care unit (ICU): a qualitative study
Author(s) Wong, Pauline
Liamputtong, Pranee
Koch, Susan
Rawson, Helen
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 63
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 1532-4036
Keyword(s) Critical care
Critical care nursing
Family care
Nursing
Professional-family relations
Qualitative studies
Summary Nursing is characterised as a profession that provides holistic, person-centred care. Due to the condition of the critically ill, a family-centred care model is more applicable in this context. Furthermore, families are at risk of emotional and psychological distress, as a result of the admission of their relative to intensive care. The families' experiences of their interactions in intensive care have the potential to enhance or minimise this risk. This paper presents a subset of findings from a broader study exploring families of critically ill patients' experiences of their interactions with staff, their environment, the patient and other families, when their relative is admitted to an Australian intensive care unit. By developing an understanding of their experience, nurses are able to implement interventions to minimise the families' distress, while providing more holistic, person- and family-centred care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.06.005
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069141

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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