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CICM 2021 VIRTUAL ASM | RESPIRATORY
CICM 2021 ASM: Respiratory
CICM 2021 VIRTUAL ASM | RESPIRATORY
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Embedding research in follow up

Presentation Description

THE USE OF PHENOMENOLOGY AND INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGCICAL ANALYSIS TO STUDY INTENSIVE CARE PATIENTS’ EXPERIENCES AT POST-ICU DISCHARGE FOLLOW-UP: ENSURING COMMUNICATION AND EMPATHY AS THE CORNERSTONES TO GOOD CLINICAL PRACTICE

Introduction

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) describes the health problems that remain after critical illness. There is an increasing interest in the human experiences of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, to ensure greater holistic care and management.

Research question
What is the lived experience of patients with critical illness in the ICU?

Design
Phenomenological study.

Sample
The first fifteen patients referred to a post-ICU follow-up clinic.

Data collection and analysis
Face-to-face interviews with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Results and methodological insights
Two superordinate themes were identified. The superordinate-theme ‘I have a voice, you’re just not listening’ had three themes: ‘Patience, not predictive text’, ‘Yes, I did just say that’, and ‘Talk to the hand’. The superordinate-theme ‘Wear my shoes-empathic understanding’ had three themes: ‘Care not pity’, ‘From the minute I wake up’, and ‘Small things are massive’.

Whilst empathy and communication are often discussed as vital aspects of patient care, this study provides context and examples of how they impact everyday practice for all healthcare staff. The methodology and methods used in this study, phenomenological and IPA are ideally suited to the patient experience and will be critical in future analysis of ‘long-COVID’ patients, which are currently being studied in COVID-recovery.

The use of phenomenology and interpretative phenomenological analysis to study intensive care patients’ experiences at post-ICU discharge follow-up: ensuring communication and empathy as the cornerstones to good clinical practice

 
 

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