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Title: Outside the intensive care unit : experiences of family members of critically ill patients in Greece
Author: Plakas, Sotirios
ISNI:       0000 0001 3492 3987
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2007
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The experiences of the relatives of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are of international concern. In Greece however, the difficult nature of their experience has not yet been recognised and a considerable number of people have not received adequate attention from the medically-orientated Greek healthcare system. Here, the experience of relatives of ICU patients in Greece is examined from a qualitative perspective using in-depth interviews with 25 relatives of leU patients, together with observations to cross-validate the data obtained. The research is underpinned by the social constructionist version of grounded theory described by Charmaz (1990, 2000). Analysis of the data consisted of line-by-line coding, selective coding, memo writing and constant comparisons to define and refine the identified categories. Codes and categories identified were cross-validated by two other independent bilingual researchers. Seven major categories were identified. The experiences of the families revolve around the two core categories 'Intense Emotions' and 'Vigilant Attendance'. The Intense Emotions category and its main component, 'anticipatory grief', affect vigilant attendance positively, as these aspects cause family members to remain close to the patient to observe proceedings. Conversely, a 'loss of intimacy' causes an additional grief to relatives; some avoided a reminder ofthis loss by not going to visit the patient. The conceptualisation of three new categories in this field, 'Vigilant Attendance', 'Religiosity' and 'Loss of Intimacy', form an original contribution to knowledge. Three further categories were identified, namely 'Caring', 'Dignity' and 'Information' and the various interrelationships between all seven categories were also examined. The findings ofthis study suggest that major changes need to be made to the management ofthe families of critically ill patients in Greece, particularly in relation to information and visiting policies. Further implications for policy, research and practice are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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