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Family presence during management of acute deterioration: clinician attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of current practices

Youngson, Megan J., Currey, Judy and Considine, Julie 2016, Family presence during management of acute deterioration: clinician attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of current practices, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 159-165, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2016.05.001.

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Title Family presence during management of acute deterioration: clinician attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of current practices
Author(s) Youngson, Megan J.
Currey, JudyORCID iD for Currey, Judy orcid.org/0000-0002-0574-0054
Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie orcid.org/0000-0003-3801-2456
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 159
End page 165
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication The Netherlands, Amsterdam
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) Attitudes
Clinical deterioration
Emergency medicine
Emergency nursing
Family research
Resuscitation
Summary BACKGROUND: The nature of acute clinical deterioration has changed over the last three decades with a decrease in in-hospital cardiac arrests and an increase in acute clinical deterioration. Despite this change, research related to family presence continues to focus on care during resuscitation rather than during acute deterioration. AIM: To explore healthcare clinician attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of current practices surrounding family presence during episodes of acute deterioration in adult Emergency Department patients. METHODS: Clinicians (n=156) from a single study site in Melbourne, Australia completed a 17-item survey. RESULTS: Participants disagreed that family members would interrupt (59.0%) or interfere (61.5%) with patient care if present during episodes of patient deterioration. Most (77.6%) participants stated that they included family during episodes of patient deterioration. Females, nurses and Australians/New Zealanders had a more positive attitude towards including family during episodes of patient deterioration when compared to males, doctors and clinicians of other ethnicities. Nurses with post-graduate qualifications and those with more years of experience had a more positive attitude towards including family during episodes of patient deterioration than nurses without post-graduation qualification and with less years of experience. CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians had predominantly positive attitudes towards including family during episodes of patient deterioration and perceived it to be a common day-to-day practice. Gender, profession, country of birth, education level and years of experience all impacted on clinician attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of family presence during acute deterioration.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2016.05.001
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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