Empowerment in Intensive Care: Patient experiences compared to next of kin and staff beliefs
2009 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, Vol. 25, no 6, 332-340 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Experiences of critically ill patients are an important aspect of the quality of care in intensive care units. If next of kin and staff try to empower the patient, this is probably performed in accordance with their beliefs about what patients experience as empowering. As intensive care patients often have difficulties communicating, staff and next of kin need to interpret their wishes, but there is limited knowledge about how proper a picture next of kin and staff have of the intensive care patient’s experiences. The aim of this study was to compare intensive care patients’ experiences of empowerment with next of kin and staff beliefs. Interviews with 11 intensive care patients, 12 next of kin and 12 staff were conducted and analysed using a content analysis method. The findings show that the main content is quite similar between patient experiences, next of kin beliefs and staff beliefs, but a number of important differences were identified. Some of these differences were regarding how joy of life and the will to fight were generated, the character of relationships, teamwork, humour, hope and spiritual experiences. Staff and next of kin seemed to regard the patient as more unconscious than the patient him/herself did. 2
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 25, no 6, 332-340 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17844DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2009.06.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17844DiVA: diva2:212484