About the project
During the last decades, there has been a tremendous development within intensive care medicine, leading to increased survival for critical ill patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs). Despite survival, several report on different kinds of physical or psychological problems after discharge. Different follow-up offers exist, but there is no consensus on the best model.
The study is a qualitative, longitudinal study with a phenomenological approach. The aim is to explore and describe everyday life after critical illness and intensive care, focusing on former patients and their next of kin’s need for follow-up and how participation in the follow-up may appear.
The study consists of three sub-studies:
In study A, focus group interviews (n 3) with intensive care nurses working in three different ICUs will be conducted to explore their experience with the follow-up services, what they see as the patients’ and their next of kin’s needs, including thoughts on patient participation in the follow-up.
In study B and C individual in-depth interviews with former intensive care patients (n 15) and their next of kin (n 15) will be performed twice, approximately three-four months and 18 months after hospital discharge. The aim is to explore and describe their experience of everyday life after critical illness and intensive care, and based on this describe their need for follow-up and the aspect of participation in the follow-up.
Master in advanced clinical nursing at Norwegian University of Science and Technology Gjøvik