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Family and health professional experience with a nurse-led family support intervention in ICU: A qualitative evaluation study


Naef, Rahel; Massarotto, Paola; Petry, Heidi (2020). Family and health professional experience with a nurse-led family support intervention in ICU: A qualitative evaluation study. Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, 61:102916.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To investigate family and health professional experience with a nurse-led family support intervention in intensive care.
DESIGN: Qualitative evaluation study.
SETTING: A twelve-bed surgical intensive care unit in a 900-bed University Hospital in Switzerland.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data were collected through 16 semi-structured interviews with families (n = 19 family members) and three focus group interviews with critical care staff (n = 19) and analysed using content analysis strategies.
FINDINGS: Four themes related to the new family support intervention were identified. First, families and staff described it as a valuable and essential part of ICU care. Second, it facilitated staff-family interaction and communication. Third, from staff perspective, it promoted the quality of family care. Fourth, staff believed that the family support intervention enabled them to better care for families through increased capacity for developing and sustaining relationships with families.
CONCLUSIONS: An advanced practice family nursing role coupled with a family support pathway is an acceptable, appreciated and beneficial model of care delivery in the inttensive care unit from the perspective of families and critical care staff. Further research is needed to investigate the intervention's effectiveness in the intensive care unit.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To investigate family and health professional experience with a nurse-led family support intervention in intensive care.
DESIGN: Qualitative evaluation study.
SETTING: A twelve-bed surgical intensive care unit in a 900-bed University Hospital in Switzerland.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data were collected through 16 semi-structured interviews with families (n = 19 family members) and three focus group interviews with critical care staff (n = 19) and analysed using content analysis strategies.
FINDINGS: Four themes related to the new family support intervention were identified. First, families and staff described it as a valuable and essential part of ICU care. Second, it facilitated staff-family interaction and communication. Third, from staff perspective, it promoted the quality of family care. Fourth, staff believed that the family support intervention enabled them to better care for families through increased capacity for developing and sustaining relationships with families.
CONCLUSIONS: An advanced practice family nursing role coupled with a family support pathway is an acceptable, appreciated and beneficial model of care delivery in the inttensive care unit from the perspective of families and critical care staff. Further research is needed to investigate the intervention's effectiveness in the intensive care unit.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Implementation Science in Health Care
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Critical Care Nursing
Language:English
Date:1 December 2020
Deposited On:04 Jan 2021 14:25
Last Modified:25 Mar 2024 02:43
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0964-3397
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iccn.2020.102916
PubMed ID:32807604
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)