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Home discharge following critical illness: A qualitative analysis of family caregiver experience

Authors
 JiYeon Choi  ;  Jennifer H. Lingler  ;  Michael P. Donahoe  ;  Mary Beth Happ  ;  Leslie A. Hoffman  ;  Judith A. Tate 
Citation
 HEART & LUNG, Vol.47(4) : 401-407, 2018 
Journal Title
 HEART & LUNG 
ISSN
 0147-9563 
Issue Date
2018
Keywords
Adult ; Critical care ; Family caregivers ; Psychosocial ; Qualitative research ; Survivorship
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Few studies have longitudinally explored the experience and needs of family caregivers of ICU survivors after patients' home discharge. METHODS: Qualitative content analysis of interviews drawn from a parent study that followed family caregivers of adults ICU survivors for 4 months post-ICU discharge. RESULTS: Family caregivers (n = 20, all white, 80% woman) viewed home discharge as positive progress, but reported having insufficient time to transition from family visitor to the active caregiver role. Caregivers expressed feelings of relief during the steady recovery of family members' physical and cognitive function. However, the slow pace of improvement conflicted with their expectations. Even after patients achieved independent physical function, emotional needs persisted and these issues contributed to caregivers' anxiety, worry, and view that recovery was incomplete. CONCLUSION: Family caregivers of ICU survivors need information and skills to help managing patients' care needs, pacing expectations with actual patients' progress, and caregivers' health needs.
Full Text
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147956317304338
DOI
10.1016/j.hrtlng.2018.04.003
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Choi, JiYeon(최지연) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1947-7952
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/163758
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