[Anxiety during the chronic critical illness in the intensive care unit - an interpretive phenomenological study].

Moser, Michaela; Jeitziner, Marie-Madlen; Spichiger, Elisabeth (2018). [Anxiety during the chronic critical illness in the intensive care unit - an interpretive phenomenological study]. Pflege - die wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Pflegeberufe, 31(6), pp. 311-318. H. Huber 10.1024/1012-5302/a000643

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Anxiety during the chronic critical illness in the intensive care unit - an interpretive phenomenological study Abstract. BACKGROUND Patients with a chronic critical illness (CCI) are persons who are dependent on life-sustaining therapies in the intensive care unit (ICU) for an extended period of time following a life-threatening, acute illness. In the ICU they are exposed to numerous physical and psychological stressors. Anxiety, one of the distressing symptoms, has received little attention. AIM This study aims to examine anxiety in adult patients who have developed CCI while treated in an ICU to further understand this phenomenon. METHOD An interpretive phenomenological approach was taken. Using an iterative process, data from guided interviews with seven participants were analysed. RESULTS The anxiety experienced by the patients with CCI fluctuated with the level of consciousness: anxiety in another reality, anxiety caused by nightmares, anxiety at first awakening and anxiety during wakeful periods. Anxiety was often accompanied by feelings of powerlessness, being lost, insecurity, helplessness and uncertainty. CONCLUSIONS The results of the study suggest that health care professionals caring for patients, especially nurses, may influence anxiety experienced by patients with CCI. Nurses who are able to recognize anxiety in patients with CCI have a better chance of caring for them in a sensitive manner.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

UniBE Contributor:

Jeitziner, Marie-Madlen and Spichiger, Elisabeth

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1012-5302

Publisher:

H. Huber

Language:

German

Submitter:

Mirella Aeberhard

Date Deposited:

03 Sep 2018 12:14

Last Modified:

31 Oct 2019 21:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1012-5302/a000643

PubMed ID:

30156136

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Angst Intensivpflege anxiety artificial respiration chronic critical illness chronisch kritische Erkrankung critical care maschinelle Beatmung qualitative Forschung qualitative research

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119769

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119769

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