An explorative study of the experiences of Families whilst in the intensive care unit
(2013) An explorative study of the experiences of Families whilst in the intensive care unit, no. 59.
Background: Intensive care is known to have distressing impact on families. For this reason nurses are expected to care for both their patient and their patient's family. A seminal study has identified the five main critical care needs of families. However, there is evidence to show nurses today are not fully addressing the most sought after needs of families. In an attempt to rectify this patient and family centred framework has evolved. Aim: This study intends to explore how families perceive the care they are being offered in intensive care. To do this the study will explore families' descriptions of five different care scenarios where each of their critical care needs are intending to be addressed. Following this families understanding of what is effective patient and family centred care will be investigated. Method: This descriptive explorative study shall allow eight family members to enhance qualitative research through participating in semi-structured interviews. These interviews will have a non-purposive convenience sample and intend to explore families' feelings and interpretations of the care activities carried out with them. The interviews will provide insight to how families understand their needs and if they are aware of what patient and family centred care is. The interviews are then to be transcribed to allow phenomenological data analysis to occur. From this research future nurses practice can be enhanced by improving their confidence and knowledge about caring for families with acutely ill relatives.