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Emotional reactions and needs of family members of ICU patients

Lucyna Płaszewska-Żywko, Dorota Gazda
Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):145-149.

open access

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Original and clinical articles
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
Accepted: 2012-10-22

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to determine emotional reactions and needs of families of ICU patients.

METHODS: The study group included 60 relatives of ICU patients, aged 18–80 years. The diagnostic questionnaire- -based survey was conducted. The questionnaire contained questions regarding demographic data, emotions and needs as well as the Courtauld Emotional Control Scale (CECS).

RESULTS: The major emotions of patients` families on ICU admission were anxiety, uncertainty, fear, depression, and nervousness (particularly among parents and adult offsprings). On second-third day of hospitalisation, the emotions became less severe (P < 0.001). The anxiety-related emotional reactions were better controlled by men (P < 0.01); most women experienced stronger negative emotions (P < 0.05) and their needs to receive information and to be involved in patient care were expressed more.

CONCLUSIONS: Negative emotions of ICU patients` relatives were highly intense, especially amongst parents and adult children. Women were characterised by higher levels of emotions and needs compared to men.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to determine emotional reactions and needs of families of ICU patients.

METHODS: The study group included 60 relatives of ICU patients, aged 18–80 years. The diagnostic questionnaire- -based survey was conducted. The questionnaire contained questions regarding demographic data, emotions and needs as well as the Courtauld Emotional Control Scale (CECS).

RESULTS: The major emotions of patients` families on ICU admission were anxiety, uncertainty, fear, depression, and nervousness (particularly among parents and adult offsprings). On second-third day of hospitalisation, the emotions became less severe (P < 0.001). The anxiety-related emotional reactions were better controlled by men (P < 0.01); most women experienced stronger negative emotions (P < 0.05) and their needs to receive information and to be involved in patient care were expressed more.

CONCLUSIONS: Negative emotions of ICU patients` relatives were highly intense, especially amongst parents and adult children. Women were characterised by higher levels of emotions and needs compared to men.

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Keywords

hospitalization, intensive care unit; hospitalization, emotions, needs; intensive therapy unit, patient’s family

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Title

Emotional reactions and needs of family members of ICU patients

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)

Pages

145-149

Published online

2012-10-22

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):145-149.

Keywords

hospitalization
intensive care unit
hospitalization
emotions
needs
intensive therapy unit
patient’s family

Authors

Lucyna Płaszewska-Żywko
Dorota Gazda

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