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Identifying improvement opportunities for patient- and family-centered care in the ICU: Using qualitative methods to understand family perspectives

Ågård, A. S., Hofhuis, J. G. M., Koopmans, M., Gerritsen, R. T., Spronk, P. E., Engelberg, R. A., Randall Curtis, J., Zijlstra, J. G. & Jensen, H. I., Feb-2019, In : Journal of Critical Care. 49, p. 33-37 5 p.

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  • Anne Sophie Ågård
  • José G M Hofhuis
  • Matty Koopmans
  • Rik T Gerritsen
  • Peter E Spronk
  • Ruth A Engelberg
  • J Randall Curtis
  • Jan G Zijlstra
  • Hanne Irene Jensen

Purpose: The purposes of the study were to provide richer context for families' quantitative assessments of the quality of ICU care, and to describe further quality areas of importance for family members.

Materials and methods: Free-text comments from 1077 family members of 920 patients focusing on family evaluation of ICU quality of care were analyzed using content analysis. Twenty-one Danish and Dutch ICUs participated from October 2014 to June 2015.

Results: Four themes emerged as important to families: information, clinician skills, ICU environment, and discharge from the ICU. Families highlighted the importance of receiving information that was accessible, understandable and honest. They indicated that quality care was ensured by having clinicians who were both technically and interpersonally competent. The ICU environment and the circumstances of the transfer out of the ICU were described as contributing to quality of care. The comments identified room for improvement within all themes.

Conclusions: The study highlights the importance of including both technical and emotional care for patients and families and the consequent need to focus on clinicians' mastery of interpersonal skills. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Critical Care
Volume49
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2019

    Keywords

  • Content analysis, euroFS-ICU, euroQ2, euroQODD, Family-centred care, Family satisfaction, ICU, Quality of care, CRITICALLY-ILL PATIENTS, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS, UNIT PATIENTS, HIGH-RISK, MEMBERS, SATISFACTION, EXPERIENCES, RELATIVES, NEEDS, VALIDATION

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