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Group meetings after critical illness-Giving and receiving strength
Vrinnevi Hosp Norrkoping, Sweden.
Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Norrköping. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5132-0045
Univ Liverpool, England.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Norrköping.
2018 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 46, p. 86-91Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: An increasing number of intensive care patients are surviving critical illness, but many develop mental, cognitive and physical impairments after discharge. Adapting to a new life situation, often with major challenges, implies the need of support. Therefore, it is important to develop interventions aimed at promoting recovery. Objective: The aim was to describe former intensive care patients feelings of sharing their experience of critical illness with other former patients. Method: Former intensive care patients (n = 17) participated in group meetings and wrote about their thoughts in a notebook after each group meeting. To deepen the understanding of the former patients experience 11 of the former patients were interviewed. The notes in the notebooks and the interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Findings: Meeting others revealed to the former patients new dimensions of being critically ill, and they both gave and received strength from each other. The meetings were meaningful as they gained insight into other patients lives, and realised what it meant to survive intensive care. Conclusions: The group meetings meant sharing experiences and understanding the process of survival after critical illness. Giving and receiving strength from others helped the participants to go further. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2018. Vol. 46, p. 86-91
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Content analysis; Critical care nursing; Critical illness; Group meetings; Intensive care rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149725DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.11.003ISI: 000436618200015PubMedID: 29605238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149725DiVA, id: diva2:1234381
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Funding Agencies|Department and Anesthetics, Operations and Speciality Surgery Center, Region Ostergotland, Sweden

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