Comprehensive Stroke Research Center

Birmingham, AL, United States

Comprehensive Stroke Research Center

Birmingham, AL, United States
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Riley B.H.,University of South Alabama | White J.,University of Alabama at Birmingham | Graham S.,UAB Hospital | Alexandrov A.,Comprehensive Stroke Research Center
American Journal of Critical Care | Year: 2014

Background Patient-centered intensive care units (ICUs) are advocated by professional organizations for critical care nursing and medicine. The patient-centered ICU paradigm recognizes the patient-family unit as inseparable and supports visitation designed to meet the needs of patients and patients' families. Objectives To understand perceptions about patient-centered ICUs among patients' family members, physicians, and nurses from 5 ICUs that had restrictive visitation and to guide development of a patient-centered, open visitation paradigm. Methods Patients' family members, nurses, and physicians from 5 ICUs with a traditional/restrictive visitation policy at a southeastern academic, tertiary care hospital were invited toparticipate in focus group meetings to understand perceptions about patient-centered care. All qualitative work was taped, transcribed, reviewed, and corrected after each session. Corrected transcripts and observer notes were integrated and coded. Results Patients' families identified facilitators of patientcenteredness as nurses' and physicians' communication, concern, compassion, closeness, and flexibility. However, competing roles of control over the patient's health care served as barriers to a patient-centered paradigm. Conclusions Patient-centered care is an expectation among patients, patients' families, and health quality advocates. These exploratory methods increased understanding of the powerful perceptions of family members, physicians, and nurses involved with patient care and provided direction to plan interven tions to implement patient-centered, family-supportive ICU services. (American Journal of Critical Care. 2014;23:316-324).

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