The ICU patient diary–A nursing intervention that is complicated in its simplicity

Ednell, A-K. et al. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Published online: 21 February 2017

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Background: Writing a diary for intensive care patients has been shown to facilitate patient recovery and prevent post-traumatic stress following hospitalisation.

Aim: This study aimed to describe the experiences of critical care nurses’ (CCNs’) in writing personal diaries for ICU patients.

Conclusion: CCNs are aware of the diary’s importance for the patient and relatives, but experience difficulties in deciding which patients should get this intervention and how to prioritize it. Writing a personal diary for an ICU patient is a nursing intervention that is complicated in its simplicity.

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