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

Coyer, Fiona M., Courtney, Mary D., & O'Sullivan, Judy (2007) Establishing an action research group to explore family-focused nursing in the intensive care unit. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13(1), pp. 14-23.

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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.

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ID Code: 9758
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: action research, family, focused care family members intensive care
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00604.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 26 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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