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Important quality aspects in the transfer process
Mittuniversitetet.
Mittuniversitetet.
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7959-606X
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 27, no 2, 123-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Admission to and transfer from an intensive care unit affects not only the patient but also his or her relatives. The authors aimed to investigate relatives' perceptions of quality of care during a patient's transfer process from an intensive care unit to a general ward.

Design/methodology/approach: The study had a mixed method design that included quantitative data and answers to open questions. The participants were 65 relatives of patients who received care in an ICU. They were recruited from two hospitals in Sweden.

Findings: A majority perceived the transfer process as important, but analysis also showed that the participants rated it as an area for improvements. The relatives wanted participation, personal insight and control, respectful encounters, proximity, reassurance, continuous quality, reconnection and feedback. The relatives' participation in the transfer process was perceived as inadequate by 61 per cent, and the support that was received after the ICU discharge was perceived as inadequate by 53 per cent. The patients' length of stay in the ICU affected the relatives' perceptions of the quality of care. Overall, the relatives seemed to desire that the transfer process includes a continuous care, a competent staff, available information throughout the transfer process and personal involvement in the care, both before and after the transfer from the ICU.

Research limitations/implications: The conclusion of this study is that relatives' needs and seeking for a well-planned ICU transitional process organisation with continuous quality before and after transfer, informational strategies that encourage the relatives to be involved and an organisation with competence throughout the healthcare chain are vital for quality.

Practical implications: The conclusion of this study is that relatives' needs and seeking for a well-planned ICU transitional process organisation with continuous quality before and after transfer, informational strategies that encourage the relatives to be involved and an organisation with competence throughout the healthcare chain are vital for quality.

Originality/value: The findings have important implications for nursing and nursing management. A relative's perception of the quality of care before and after transfer from ICU may be a valuable source to evaluate the ICU transitional care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 27, no 2, 123-139 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical care, Intensive care, Transfer process, Transition, Length-of-stay, Relatives, Quality in care
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5508DOI: 10.1108/IJHCQA-09-2012-0090Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897031560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5508DiVA: diva2:1070031
Available from: 2017-01-31 Created: 2016-11-30 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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