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Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2018 Jun;46:86-91. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.11.003. Epub 2018 Mar 28.

Group meetings after critical illness-Giving and receiving strength.

Author information

1
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Vrinnevi Hospital Norrköping, Sweden. Electronic address: carl.backman@regionostergotland.se.
2
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Vrinnevi Hospital Norrköping, Sweden.
3
Musculoskeletal Biology, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
4
Department and Anesthetics, Operations and Speciality Surgery Center and Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

An increasing number of intensive care patients are surviving critical illness, but many develop mental, cognitive and physical impairments after discharge. Adapting to a new life situation, often with major challenges, implies the need of support. Therefore, it is important to develop interventions aimed at promoting recovery.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim was to describe former intensive care patients' feelings of sharing their experience of critical illness with other former patients.

METHOD:

Former intensive care patients (n = 17) participated in group meetings and wrote about their thoughts in a notebook after each group meeting. To deepen the understanding of the former patients' experience 11 of the former patients were interviewed. The notes in the notebooks and the interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

FINDINGS:

Meeting others revealed to the former patients new dimensions of being critically ill, and they both gave and received strength from each other. The meetings were meaningful as they gained insight into other patients' lives, and realised what it meant to survive intensive care.

CONCLUSIONS:

The group meetings meant sharing experiences and understanding the process of survival after critical illness. Giving and receiving strength from others helped the participants to go further.

KEYWORDS:

Content analysis; Critical care nursing; Critical illness; Group meetings; Intensive care rehabilitation

PMID:
29605238
DOI:
10.1016/j.iccn.2017.11.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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