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Hope in the ICU: a qualitative study exploring nurses' experiences of the concept of hope

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Gelling, L and Fitzgerald, MA and Blight, I, Hope in the ICU: a qualitative study exploring nurses' experiences of the concept of hope, Nursing in Critical Care, 7, (6) pp. 271-277. ISSN 1362-1017 (2002) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

*Hope is an essential part of the coping process for relatives who have a family member admitted to an intensive care unit * Members of the intensive care team place insufficient emphasis on the role of hope within a holistic care framework * It is uncommon for hope to completely disappear, even at times of great distress * The relatives of critically ill patients can be encouraged to focus on hope goals that are realistic, meaningful and achievable with support from nursing staff * Realistic, meaningful and achievable goals are most likely to be developed through good interpersonal interactions between family units and nurses * The relatives of critically ill patients could benefit from follow-up clinics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coping, death, hope, information, relatives, spirituality
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64053
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-06-22
Last Modified:2010-06-22
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