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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experiences of survivors from critical care in Sri Lanka
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Stressful patient experiences during the intensive care unit (ICU) stay is associatedwith reduced satisfaction in High Income Countries (HICs) but has not been explored in Lowerand Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This study describes ICU survivors´ recall of stressfulexperiences and satisfaction with received care at ICUs in Sri Lanka and explores the associationbetween stressful experiences and satisfaction with care.Methods: This follow-up study was carried out in 32 state ICUs in Sri Lanka between July andDecember 2014. ICU survivors’ experiences, stress factors encountered, and level of satisfactionwere collected 1 week after ICU discharge by a telephone questionnaire.Results: Of 1665 eligible ICU survivors, 23.3% died after ICU discharge, 49.1% wereuncontactable and 438 (26.3%) patients were included in the study. Whilst 78.1 % (n=349) ofpatients remembered their admission to the hospital, only 42.3% (n=189) could recall theiradmission to the ICU. The most frequently reported stressful experiences were, being bedridden(34.2%), pain (34.0%), family worries (33.6%), daily needle punctures (32.9%), generaldiscomfort (31.7%) and fear of dying and uncertainty in the future (25.8%). The majority ofpatients (376, 84.1%,) found the atmosphere of the ICU to be friendly and calm. Overall thepatients found the level of health care received in the ICU to be “very satisfactory” (n=409, 91.5%)with none of the survivors stating they were either “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied”.Conclusion: ICU survivors were very satisfied with their ICU care. Uncertainty about the future,dependency, family, and economic concerns were the most commonly reported stressors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
ICU Survivors, Intensive Care, patient satisfactions, stress, ICU experience, Sri Lanka
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-18130DiVA, id: diva2:1209327
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Masterprogram Integrerad hälsovetenskap
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Medicine
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Available from: 2018-05-22 Created: 2018-05-22 Last updated: 2018-05-22Bibliographically approved

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