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Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
2015 (Swedish)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Families who have a seriously ill family member in an intensive care unit face a demanding situation,threatening the normal functioning of the family. The burden onfamilies can be reduced by usingavailable resources, cohesiveness, supportive communication, flexibility and othersocial resources outsidethe family.If health promoting conversationsoffered to the family's ownabilities is strengthened, thisshould result in health promoting values to the family. In order to gain a better understanding of familyadaptation, we must not only see the family as a unit but also acknowledge the experiences of eachmember of the family.

To investigate outcomes of the nurse led intervention, “Health promoting conversations with families” on family functioning and wellbeing in families with a member who has had critical illness.

The study is a RCT study using a pre-test, post-test intervention and control group design. The inclusioncriteria will be: Patients over the age of 18, a minimum of 72 hours at the intensive care unit, and at leastone family member (>15 years) to each patient interested in participating. Within the study, quantitativeand qualitative data will be collected and analysed with descriptive and analytical statistical methods ofthe quantitative data and content analysis of the qualitative data.

The conversations were considered to be healing and learning, because the family members can completememory loss from other family members' stories. Families showed a tendency to less stress and morehope, better mental health but poorer physical health in a pilot study. The project highlights knowledgeabout the health benefits of conversations about families where a family member has suffered from poorhealth. The health promoting conversations has a structure that makes conversations relatively easy toimplement in everyday healthcare and will be beneficial for many patients with critical illness and theirfamilies.

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Riksföreningen för Anestesi och Intensivvård , 2015.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124333OAI: diva2:897889
ANIVA Congress Upplands Väsby, Stockholm, 19-20 November 2015
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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