Children's experiences of visiting av seriously ill/injured relative on an adult intensive care unit

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Ingegerd Bergbom - University of Gothenburg orcid

Susanne Knutsson - Jönköping University orcid

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AIM: This paper is a report of a study of children's experiences of visiting a seriously ill/injured relative in an intensive care unit.

BACKGROUND: Little attention has been paid to children's experiences and needs when visiting a relative being cared for at a high technological adult intensive care unit. Instead, the focus has been on adult's experiences and needs.

METHOD: In 2004, 28 children (14 girls, 14 boys) aged 4-17 years who had visited an adult relative were interviewed 3 months after the visit. A hermeneutic approach was used when interpreting and analysing the text.

FINDINGS: Four themes were generated from the data: It meant waiting, It was strange, It was white and It was good. Waiting was experienced as difficult, increasing the feeling of uncertainty, exclusion and separation, which in turn led to tension and concern. 'It was strange' was perceived as unfamiliar but also with interest and curiosity. The experience of the intensive care unit was that it was white. Everything in the patient's room was experienced as white and gloomy. It lacked joy. 'It was good' was stated ab

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University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Ingegerd Bergbom - University of Gothenburg orcid

Susanne Knutsson - Jönköping University orcid

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SND-ID: SND 1089

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AIM: This paper is a report of a study of children's experiences of visiting a seriously ill/injured relative in an intensive care unit.

BACKGROUND: Little attention has been paid to children's experiences and needs when visiting a relative being cared for at a high technological adult intensive care unit. Instead, the focus has been on adult's experiences and needs.

METHOD: In 2004, 28 children (14 girls, 14 boys) aged 4-17 years who had visited an adult relative were interviewed 3 months after the visit. A hermeneutic approach was used when interpreting and analysing the text.

FINDINGS: Four themes were generated from the data: It meant waiting, It was strange, It was white and It was good. Waiting was experienced as difficult, increasing the feeling of uncertainty, exclusion and separation, which in turn led to tension and concern. 'It was strange' was perceived as unfamiliar but also with interest and curiosity. The experience of the intensive care unit was that it was white. Everything in the patient's room was experienced as white and gloomy. It lacked joy. 'It was good' was stated ab

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Swedish

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1. Knutsson S, Pramling Samuelsson I, Hellström A-L, Bergbom I. Children's expereinces of visiting a seriously ill/injured relative on an adult intensive care unit. Journal of Advanced Nursing 61 (2): 53-57, 2007
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04472.x


DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2015.07.007
ISSN: 0964-3397

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Interviews with 22 children who has visited a relative in an adult intensive care unit

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Ingegerd Bergbom, Susanne Knutsson. University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences (2019). Interviews with 22 children who has visited a relative in an adult intensive care unit. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/c71x-pt97

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Ingegerd Bergbom - University of Gothenburg orcid

Susanne Knutsson - Jönköping University orcid

Description:

Interviews with 22 children who has visited a relative in an adult intensive care unit

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Published: 2020-02-26
Last updated: 2020-04-29