Patient participation in the intensive care unit

Patient participation in healthcare is important for optimizing treatment outcomes and for ensuring satisfaction with care | Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
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The purpose of the study was to explore critical care nurses’ perceptions of patient participation for critically ill patients.

In the ICU, the possibilities for patient participation in nursing care are not only dependent on the patient’s health condition but also on the nurse’s ability to include patients in various care actions despite physical and/or mental limitations. When the patient is not able to participate, nurses strive to achieve participation through relatives’ knowledge and/or other external sources of information.

Full reference: Schandl, A. et al. (2017) Patient participation in the intensive care unit. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Published online:May 20, 2017

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