Use of a personal diary written on the ICU during critical illness
2001 (English)In: Intensive Care Medicine, ISSN 0342-4642, E-ISSN 1432-1238, Vol. 27, no 2, 426-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To explore the use of a diary as an aid in debriefing patients and relatives following critical illness. Design: Observation study. Setting: Intensive care unit of a 500-bed hospital. Patients and participants: Fifty-one critically ill patients and their relatives. Method: A daily account of the patient's progress was written in everyday language by nursing staff, photographs were added as necessary. The booklet was given to the patient or a relative at a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after discharge from the unit. A standard questionnaire was mailed 6 months later, responses were analyzed by an independent observer. Measurements and results: All diaries had been read by survivors (n=41) or relatives (n=10), 51% of the diaries had been read more than 10 times. Comments in the questionnaires were graded as very positive (39%), positive (28%) and neutral (33%). Conclusions: A detailed narrative of the patient's stay is a useful tool in the debriefing process following intensive care.
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SpringerLink , 2001. Vol. 27, no 2, 426-9 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70479DOI: 10.1007/s001340000692PubMedID: 11396288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70479DiVA: diva2:439842