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Intensive and Critical Care Nursing

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DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.10.007, PubMed Central: PMC4466051


Objectives: The purpose of this study was to describe the patient experience of communication during mechanical ventilation.

Research methodology: This descriptive study is a secondary analysis of data collected to study the relationship between sedation and the MV patients’ recall of the ICU. Interviews, conducted after extubation, included the Intensive Care Experience Questionnaire. Data were analysed with Spearman correlation coefficients (rs) and content analysis.

Setting: Participants were recruited from a medical-surgical intensive care unit in the Midwest United States.

Results: Participants (n = 31) with a mean age of 65 ± 11.9 were on the ventilator a median of 5 days. Inability to communicate needs was associated with helplessness (rs = .43). While perceived lack of information received was associated with not feeling in control (rs = 41) and helplessness (rs = 41). Ineffective communication impacted negatively on satisfaction with care. Participants expressed frustration with failed communication and a lack of information received. They believed receipt of information helped them cope and desired a better system of communication during mechanical ventilation.

Conclusion: Communication effectiveness impacts patients’ sense of safety and well-being during mechanical ventilation. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on the development and integration of communication strategies into critical care nursing practice.


Accepted version. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, Vol 31, No. 3 (June 2015): 179-186. DOI. © 2015 Elsevier. Used with permission.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, Vol 31, No. 3 (June 2015): 179-186. DOI.

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