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Uruguayan Medical Journal

ISSN: 1688-0390


Vol.16 - Nº 3 - Dic. 2000

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Family of Unit Intensive Care inpatients

AZANZA E; de ALBISTUR MC; BACIGALUPO JC; GEREZ J; DE AGOSTINI CICOGNANI M; UZAL M; EBEID A; MACIEL M; BACIGALUPO SOTO JJ
Rev Med Urug 2000; 16: 243-256
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Abstract

This prospective, longitudinal, observational, quantiqualitative study aimed to know opinions, feelings and expectations of families of Unit Intensive Care inpatients and how they influence on Unit-family relations. Data were collected through questionnaires and forms performed by psychologists. Quantitative data were analyzed by statistics models and qualitative data by the Unit Psychologist.

During one year, 94 families related to inpatients with more than 5-day stays were interviewed. We described patient profile, family profile, medical record, and clinicians. Findings showed differences between objective clinician's perspectives and subjective families' perspectives. We concluded that communicating medical conditions to families is itself a therapeutic act and is critical to appropriate Unit-family relationship. Suggestion based on experience is proposed.