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Establishing an action research group to explore family-focused nursing in the intensive care unit

By Fiona M. Coyer, Mary D. Courtney and Judy O'Sullivan


This paper presents the first phase of a four-phase collaborative action research study which aimed to facilitate family-focused nursing in the intensive care environment. The purpose of phase one was to determine intensive care nurses' perceptions of family-focused critical care nursing and the appropriateness of family-focused nursing in the intensive care unit. A collaborative action research group was established with six registered nurses working in the intensive care unit of a metropolitan tertiary referral hospital. Data were collected through group discussions and analysed using open coding. Findings revealed two categories related to perceptions of family-focused intensive care nursing: partnership in care and maintaining a balance. The group unanimously agreed that family-focused nursing was appropriate in the intensive care environment. The three subsequent action research phases of this study are reported elsewhere

Topics: 111003 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care), action research, family, focused care family members intensive care
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00604.x
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