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The contents of a patient diary and its significance for persons cared for in an ICU: a qualitative study
Intensive Care Unit 57, Sunderby Hospital.
Intensive Care Unit 57, Sunderby Hospital.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
2018 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 45, p. 31-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

The aim of this study was to describe the contents of a patient diary and its significance for persons cared for in an ICU.

Research Methodology

An empirical study with a qualitative design. Eight telephone interviews and one face-to-face interview were conducted with nine persons previously been treated in an ICU and been given a patient diary. In addition, the person would have read his/her diary. The data have been analysed with qualitative content analysis.

Findings

The study identified one overarching theme; Gaining understanding, and four categories; The diary is written for me, Creating memories from the time of care, Who writes in the diary and, The ability to return to the diary. The diary meant that participants gained an understanding of their time in the ICU while they were critically ill and the diary was important to be able to return to.

Conclusion

What formerly critically ill patients appreciate most about the diary is that the diary is personally written, which makes them feel confirmed and valuable as a person. Guidelines for how and when a diary should be written and used would likely encourage critical care nurses and relatives to write in it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 45, p. 31-36
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Nursing
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66995DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.12.004ISI: 000427792500007PubMedID: 29295760OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66995DiVA, id: diva2:1165873
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-03-15 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2018-04-06Bibliographically approved

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