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Family members' satisfaction with critical care: a pilot study
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Örebro University Hospital.
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Örebro University Hospital.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
School of Health and Medical Science, Örebro University.
2011 (English)In: Nursing in Critical Care, ISSN 1362-1017, E-ISSN 1478-5153, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 11-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this pilot study was to describe family members' satisfaction with the care provided in a Swedish intensive care unit (ICU) based on the following needs: assurance, information, proximity, support, and comfort, which are all included in the Critical Care Family Satisfaction Survey (CCFSS). Background: Knowledge concerning satisfaction with care among family members with a critically ill relative in an ICU is important if the family is to be met professionally. Design: The study design was descriptive and retrospective, with a consecutive selection of family members of critically ill people cared for in an ICU. In total 35 family members participated. Method: Quantitative analyses based on 20 questions, and a qualitative analysis, based on two open questions was used. The median, average value and percent were computed for every question. The open questions were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The family members had a high level of satisfaction regarding all groups of needs. They were especially satisfied with flexible visiting hours and the high quality of treatment that the ill person received. The shortcomings that emerged were that family members wanted the physician to be more available for regular talks, the room for relatives was felt to be uncomfortable; and it was felt there were deficiencies in the preparations before the patient's transferral to a ward. Relevance to clinical practice: The results highlight the family members' need for regular information and the need to improve the environment in the waiting rooms for family members. The ICU staff's competence and their way of encountering the ill person and their family seem to be important for family members' satisfaction with the care.

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2011. Vol. 16, no 1, p. 11-18
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9175DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-5153.2010.00388.xISI: 000293073500004Local ID: 7bcfff70-e673-11de-bae5-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-9175DiVA, id: diva2:982113
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Validerad; 2011; 20091211 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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