What are the experiences of nursing care in the hospital environment of people who have had Guillain-Barre syndrome?
(2015) What are the experiences of nursing care in the hospital environment of people who have had Guillain-Barre syndrome?, no. 76.
The aim of the proposed research is to discuss the nursing care received whilst in hospital with Guillain-Barre syndrome, as well as to explore the thoughts, feelings, interpretations and meanings attached to the care experience. The study will attempt to gain an understanding of the positive aspects of the care experience of the participants, as well as areas which may require improvement in future nursing practice. The study will pay particular attention to the experience of the provision of information and education of the condition, psychological support, communication and pain relief, following the recognition that they are fundamental when caring for a person with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Over the course of 6 months, those who have been an inpatient in an NHS Lothian or NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board hospital, with a medical diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome, will be invited to participate in the study. Inclusion criteria further encompasses being an inpatient between the years 2007 - 2015, must have been cared for by a nurse(s), aged 18 and over and the ability to fully speak and understand the English language. Semi-structured interviews will be used to gain qualitative data on the nursing care experience. It is hoped that the findings of this research will inform nursing theory and future nursing practice when caring for this rare patient group. Furthermore, the study will be the first of its kind; therefore will add to the small body of qualitative literature surrounding Guillain-Barre syndrome as well as attempt to increase both public and professional awareness of the condition.