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Challenges Experienced by Family Caregivers of the Adult Intensive Care Unit Patients in Korea: An Integrative Review

Authors
 JiYeon Choi  ;  Judith A Tate  ;  Youn-Jung Son 
Citation
 CLINICAL NURSING RESEARCH, Vol.30(4) : 423-441, 2021-05 
Journal Title
 CLINICAL NURSING RESEARCH 
ISSN
 1054-7738 
Issue Date
2021-05
Keywords
Korea ; critical illness ; family caregiver ; intensive care unit ; psychological
Abstract
Consistent with global trends, population aging in South Korea is necessitating increasing admissions to intensive care units (ICU). This integrative review describes the challenges experienced by family caregivers of ICU patients in South Korea and evaluates relevant intervention studies. Using Whittemore and Knafl's methods, we identify and synthesize findings from 20 (14 descriptive and 6 experimental design) articles and evaluate study quality. South Korean ICU family caregivers reported challenges such as feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability, difficulty in maintaining their own health and well-being, and mixed feelings regarding patients' transition to the general ward. Intervention studies, which were based on quasi-experimental design, examined modified visiting hours, information provision strategies, nurse-led transitional care programs, and educational support. Findings highlight the current state of the science in this topic area in South Korea. Future studies should use more robust methods, such as longitudinal cohort studies and randomized controlled trials.
Full Text
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1054773820918433
DOI
10.1177/1054773820918433
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/22282913/182970
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