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Moving forward in life after being an on-looker in intensive care partner's experience of group-communication
Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Norrköping.
Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Norrköping.
Musculoskeletal Biologu, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Partners have a burdensome time during and after their partners’ intensive care period. They may appear to be coping well

outwardly but inside feel vulnerable and lost. Evaluated interventions for partners on this aspect are limited.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the experience of participating in group communication with other partners of former intensive

care patients.

Design: The study has a descriptive intervention-based design where group communication for partners of former, surviving intensive care

unit (ICU) patients was evaluated.

Methods: A strategic selection was made of adult partners to former adult intensive care patients (n=15), 5 men and 10 women, aged

37–89 years. Two group communication sessions lasting 2 h were held at monthly intervals with three to five partners. The partners later wrote,

in a notebook, about their feelings of participating in group communications. To deepen the understanding of the impact of the sessions, six of

the partners were interviewed. Content analysis was used to analyse the notebooks and the interviews.

Findings: Three categories were identified: (1) Emotional impact, the partners felt togetherness and experienced worries and gratitude, (2)

Confirmation, consciousness through insight and reflection and (3) The meeting design, group constellation and recommendation to participate

in group communication.

Conclusion: Partners of an intensive care patient are on a journey, constantly trying to adapt to the new situation and find new strategies

to ever-changing circumstances. Group communications contributed to togetherness and confirmation. To share experiences with others is one

way for partners to be able to move forward in life.

Relevance to clinical practice: Group communication with other patients’ partners eases the process of going through the burden of

being a partner to an intensive care patient. Group communications needs to be further developed and evaluated to obtain consensus and

evidence for the best practice.

Key words: Communication • Content analysis • Intensive care • Nursing • Partners

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2016.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132108OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132108DiVA: diva2:1037603
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12th Nursing and Healthcare Congress, Vancouver, Canada, 3-5 October
Available from: 2016-10-17 Created: 2016-10-17 Last updated: 2016-12-05

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